Excerpts from “Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalists Memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge”

A Journalists Memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge By Nate Thayer (Copyright Nate Thayer. All Rights Reserved. No publication or citation permitted without author’s express written permission.) By 1994, the Khmer Rouge leadership once again evaporated into the jungle. To my frustration, my methodically constructed stable of Khmer Rouge sources was now deep in […]

I Killed Pol Pot: How The Free Press Brought Pol Pot to Justice

Why a Free Press is a vital institution to be a Free People By Nate Thayer April 17, 2015 Today marks a tragic day in the modern history of political mass murder by government.   40 years ago today, six separate armies, under the titular leadership of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge, converged on the Cambodian […]

More Lies: How Bill O’Reilly did not hear a shotgun blast while solving the Kennedy assassination

The Bill O’Reilly diaries of doing things he never did, in places he never was, claiming he is something he isn’t, continued… By Nate Thayer March 5, 2015 This Bill O’Reilly thing is surreal, except that it is serious. How many times do you have to be slam dunk proven to have–and I am being […]

I Left My Mind in Iraq: The ‘American Sniper’ and the Taboo of Mental Illness

Or how to respond to people who have gone crazy  By Nate Thayer February 27, 2015 In April, 2003 communist Vietnamese soldiers attacked my farm in Maryland, near Washington, D.C.   Specifically, a three-man Vietnamese mortar team set up their 81 millimeter mortar position by my barn and they did what mortar teams do: they […]

Why not to bloviate when you aren’t a war hero: How O’Reilly doesn’t factor

Under Fire: A comparative study of the not-war-hero, me, and my anti-doppelgänger Bill O’Reilly: How to actually get shot at and not be an idiot By Nate Thayer February 20, 2014 O’Reilly interviews a Boston Globe photographer who was at the finish line when the Boston Marathon bombs were detonated (well sort of because he doesn’t let […]

Syracuse University bans Pulitzer winner over Ebola fears

Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille covered Ebola crisis in Liberia in September, has completed 21 day self quarantine, shown no symptoms, and accompanied head of CDC yesterday to Congressional  hearings  Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications disinvites respected journalist from journalism conference Nate thayer October 17, 2014 Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post […]

Journalists say they prefer risk of beheading in Syria than reporting Ebola

U.S. Journalist with Ebola Highlights Special Terror Reporters Face Covering Disease Pandemic By Nate Thayer October 6, 2014 An American journalist stricken with the Ebola virus in Liberia has highlighted the unique dangers faced by reporters covering the rapidly growing disease pandemic, many of whom say they feel safer covering the wars in Syria where […]

Darren Wilson & Michael Brown: Icons of a nation not on listening terms

Two ships passing in the night: Ferguson’s Darren Wilson & Michael Brown: A nation not engaged in conversation; not on listening or speaking terms  By Nate Thayer August 22, 2014 A week ago, late Saturday night on August 16th, I finished a story that was the product of several days of research. I had been […]

The Journalist’s Creed: A code of ethics for journalists

The Journalist’s Creed A code of ethics for journalists  by Walter Williams,  founder and first dean of the Missouri School of Journalism—1906   *I believe in the profession of journalism. *I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the […]

Ferguson News coverage: What if Kennedy had been shot in the Twitter age?

News coverage in the age of social media: Ferguson and the Kennedy Assassination. What if Kennedy had been shot in the age of Twitter and smart phones? By Nate Thayer August 21, 2014 At 12:29 pm Central Standard Time on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine entered Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. […]

BREAKING: Facebook names storied mutt, Lamont, Global Celebrity

BREAKING NEWS: Facebook officially recognizes Lamont as Famous Global Celebrity Seeking Increased Profit Margins, Top Facebook Strategy Executives Woo the Charming Mutt  By Nate Thayer June 19, 2014 Sometimes it is a bit embarrassing to be my pal, Lamont’s, human. Yesterday, I was contacted by someone from Facebook Headquarters informing me that they had made […]

Is a freelance journalism career a Sisyphean delusion?

Why today I think continuing my career as a freelance journalist may be a Sisyphean, untenable delusion   By Nate Thayer June 5, 2014 Here is an update with further evidence suggesting that making a viable living as a professional freelance journalist and writer is an untenable, Sisyphean delusion: I was sitting at my desk yesterday morning, […]