Freelance Journalism: Robot sex poll reveals I Got Invited–then disinvited–as guest on Huffington Post TV

Robot Sex Poll Reveals Huffington Post Uses Slave Plantation Economic Business Model to Convince Writers to Work for No Pay: “You Should be Grateful We Let You be Our ‘House Negro’ or You’d be Picking Cotton in the Fields With the Rest of the Slaves” (This story was published four years ago today on an […]

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 […]

Artist to Showtime: offer of “exposure” but no $’s “devalues the work of everyone”

Graphic artist asked by entertainment giant Showtime to work for no pay, rather “invaluable national exposure across multiple platforms.” Responds appropriately, says Showtime is “unethical”, “devalues the work of everyone” By Nate Thayer August 16, 2014 Dan Cassaro, a graphic artist who runs a design business in Brooklyn, New York, received an email from the giant Showtime entertainment […]

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, […]

In Pursuit of Mass Murderers: Sympathy for the Devil by Nate Thayer

Reporting from Inside the Final Collapse of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. Excerpts from the unpublished book “Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalists Memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge” (Copyright Nate Thayer. All Rights Reserved. No publication or citation permitted without author’s express written permission.) By Nate Thayer April 18, 2014 By 1994, the Khmer Rouge leadership […]

ABC News Exposed for Threats Demanding Undue Credit for Pulitzer Prize

Center for Public Integrity Responds with Epic Smack Down after ABC News tries to Retroactively Steal Credit from Investigative Journalist Pulitzer Winner Chris Hamby By Nate Thayer April 16, 2014 On Monday April 14, the excellent investigative journalist, Chris Hamby of the Center for Public Integrity, won the Pulitzer Prize for best Investigative Reporting for […]

The Free Press is Dead–Temporarily

By Nate Thayer March 19, 2014 Don’t believe anything you read in the media anymore. I don’t And spare me the “Mainstream Media” hyperbole. It doesn’t exist. The truth is that the so-called mainstream media, or the tattered shreds of its remaining vestiges, are considerably more trustworthy than the anarchy of online sleuths who never […]

ABC News and Ted Koppel owe an apology for soiling the integrity of freelancers and the institution of journalism

Mr. Koppel, you owe an apology to the institution of journalism for soiling its integrity. By Nate Thayer December 12, 2013 Well, Mr. Ted Koppel, I, for one, would like to hear your response to my contention you pimped your reputation for integrity to ABC News/Disney Corporation in order to steal the life work of […]

Corporate Power, ABC TV and Ted Koppel tried to censor the free speech of a free man in a free country. Fuck that.

Corporate power tried to steal my life work. ABC  TV and Ted Koppel tried to censor the free speech of a free man in a free country. Fuck that. Discuss freedom. I would like to define this discussion, where it belongs: The power of corporate thugs using their money to put their jackboot on the […]

Musician’s Protest Goes Viral: Corporations offer no payment in exchange for “exposure”

Musicians say Enough is Enough for being asked to work for Free: One mans strongly worded refusal goes viral on social media A Familiar refrain: “They consistently offer musicians nothing for their work, instead suggesting ‘exposure’ as a form of payment.” The issue of for profit companies trying to increase their profit margin by refusing […]

The Childhood Education of a Cantankerous Journalist

The Early Education of a Future Cantankerous Journalist: 7th grade English class papers from a 12 year old By Nate Thayer October 28, 2013 I recently moved several hundred boxes of books, papers, and various possessions I have acquired through my decidedly nomadic, itinerant life from a storage unit into the basement of my new […]

Has the news biz come to this? Freelance journalists required to sign document forbidding writing anything negative about employers or advertisers?

Has the state of the news biz come to this? Freelance journalists required to sign document forbidding writing anything negative about employers or advertisers before being payed unlivable wage. Freelance journalist not only asked to work for unlivable wages, but now required to sign away constitutional rights and fundamental ethical journalistic obligations, forbidden to say or […]