Evil Lawyer Tricks: Gag Orders, Free Speech, and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Evil Lawyer Tricks: Gag Orders, Free Speech, and Non-Disclosure Agreements By Nate Thayer February 6, 2016 Yesterday, I was contacted, unsolicited, by the folks who are responsible for the epic TV hit reality series “Housewives of New Jersey.” They appear to want to make me a TV star. “Hi Nate, My name is Karen XXXXXX […]

Was Louisiana Cop Accused of Being KKK Fired for Objecting to Corrupt Police?

My latest for VICE on how a small town cop was accused of being in the Ku Klux Klan and fired after clashing with his corrupt police superiors. In fact, the cop was providing information to the FBI on the Klan. http://www.vice.com/read/was-this-louisiana-cop-accused-of-being-kkk-actually-fired-for-objecting-to-police-corruption-904 Was This Louisiana Cop Accused of Being in the KKK Actually Fired for […]

#KKK & #Anonymous find common ground over soda pop at clandestine #Ferguson, Missouri “Steak & Shake” burger joint meeting

#KKK Imperial Wizard & #Anonymous wearing hoodies and face piercings have clandestine meeting of the minds at #Ferguson, Missouri  “Steak & Shake” burger joint By Nate Thayer November 23, 2014 While the country is all atwitter over racial strife in Ferguson, there is remarkable common ground being found between extremist antagonists on the ground. The Imperial […]

AP reports N. Korea “Ice Bucket Challenge”: silent on repression of disabled

AP reports “Ice Bucket Challenge” in North Korea; doesn’t on NK repression of disabled people Viral water dunking campaign for charity staged in Pyongyang by American rappers By Nate Thayer Sept 1, 2014 The Associated Press should be ashamed of themselves for being a willing collaborator in disseminating the state propaganda of North Korea, the world’s […]

“No More Creampuff Journalism”–Readers Object with Fervor and Wit

No More Creampuff Journalism Ouch! Below are a series of reader reactions to an interview I conducted with then Khmer Rouge President Khieu Samphan in 1993. It wasn’t pretty, but it was (mostly) quite witty. Included is the article that sparked the outrage, the response of Phnom Penh Post editor-in-chief and publisher, the inimitable and […]

“She pissed off the Queen, now she’s dead ”Why Brits Are Loopier Than Americans Re: Fruitcake Conspiracy Theories?

Why Are The Brits Even More Loopy Than Americans When it Comes to Fruitcake Conspiracy Theories? By Nate Thayer February 24, 2013 Some may recall that in December 2012 a couple of radio disc jockey pranksters in Australia called the London hospital where the pregnant Princess whatever-her-name-is was staying having taken ill with tummy troubles. […]

How Hordes of U.S. Republican Party Apparatchik’s Toppled the Mongolian Communist Descendants of Genghis Khan

How Hordes of U.S. Republican Party Apparatchik’s Toppled the Mongolian Communist Descendants of Genghis Khan Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with the Mongolian Voter” was the single largest printed and most widely distributed document in Mongolian History, and Crucial to Overthrowing History’s Second Longest Ruling Communist Government Without Shedding a Drop of Blood: The  “Contract with Mongolia.” From the archives […]

“The ethics of not paying writers in exchange for ‘exposure’: A debate #paythewriter

Thanks to professor of journalism Kevin Lerner of Marist College for organizing a discussion on “The Ethics and Economics of Paying Writers with Exposure and a Byline” at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held last week in Washington D.C. A full transcript was made by Kevin Lerner […]

A letter to a young Cambodian-2013: Reflections on a toxic political culture

Cambodia-2013: Reflections on a toxic political culture A letter to a young Cambodian If Cambodia is not careful, they will be relegated to selling roadside trinkets along the highway as the rest of properly organized Asia zooms through without stopping  between Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City By Nate Thayer June 26, 2013 Alright I just expelled […]

A Peak In the Public Mailbox: Debate on state of journalism runs from supportive to, well, very not–with a dash of the amusing and odd.

A Peak Into the Public Mailbox: Debate on state of journalism runs from very supportive to, well, very not–with an entertaining dash of the amusing and odd. Maybe the North Korean Ministry of Agitation and Propaganda are on to Something By Nate Thayer April 13, 2013 In the last few weeks I can’t help but […]

Social Media Frightens Me: The Thoughtful Confessions of a Confirmed Skeptic

Social Media Frightens Me: The Thoughtful Confessions of a Confirmed Skeptic By Nate Thayer April 12, 2012 In all honesty, I don’t feel comfortable engaging in this whole social media thingamagig. But I am not an idiot. I knew I had to get with the program. I was confronted with this realization when recently I […]

A Day in the Life of a Freelance Journalist—2013

A Day in the Life of a Freelance Journalist—2013 Here is an exchange between the Global Editor of the Atlantic Magazine and myself this afternoon attempting to solicit my professional services for an article they sought to publish after reading my story “25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Rodman trip comes after 25 years of […]