I’m alarmed by the relentless attacks on my journalism colleagues as they try to cover the new presidential administration. And, as both a journalist and consumer advocate, I can’t remain silent.
Most troubling is the suggestion made by new administration officials and by the president himself that the Fourth Estate would pay a high price for, among other things, displaying images that show the crowds at last week’s inauguration were significantly smaller than they were at the previous inauguration.
How petty. But also, problematic. How many of my fellow journalists did think twice before showing photos of an almost-empty Washington Mall?
I’ve been there many times. Corporations, who are accustomed to controlling the skies, roads and distribution systems, make similar ultimatums to me all the time. They send lawyers and surrogates after the few remaining advocates working in American journalism. They threaten and try to intimidate.
But as someone who has been subpoenaed, sued, bullied and bamboozled by the worst of corporate America, there can only be one response:
I am not afraid to tell the truth.
Truth is, more people attended yesterday’s protests in the nation’s capital than the inauguration. Truth is, we are about to witness an historic dismantling of vital consumer protections. Truth is, this will affect you regardless of your party affiliation or who you voted for.
I will say so until they drag me away to Guantánamo kicking and screaming. I will not remain silent.
If you support this civil disobedience, you’ve come to the right place. I will fight for you every day until they lock me up. I’ve done it before — faced prison and fines for publishing facts — and I’ll do it again.
If, however, you think our world is headed in the right direction then maybe you don’t need the help of my advocacy team. Perhaps you’re right. Maybe the invisible hand of the free market will ensure that you’re not taken advantage of by a large corporation.
But just in case, I’ll be here.
This week, I have a lot of truth to talk about.
Turns out I’m not the only one who is concerned. Americans are deeply worried about essential consumer protections in the next four years. I have a full report in my Washington Post column.
Speaking of tyranny, how do you break free of your oppressive mobile operating system? I’ll tell you in my latest Huffington Post column.
Did you know driving might be on the endangered species list? I discuss the ramifications in my USA Today column.
I’m here fighting for you every day. Please let me know if you need something — I’m always here for you.