One man in a hard hat threw one of the protesters down…!

” As Goodman narrated, a security contractor, burly in a deep blue shirt, could be seen belly-flopping a man onto the ground.

” Goodman could be heard shouting at a security contractor as a woman screamed in the background. ” Within hours of the attack, had turned its footage into a seven-minute video that it released as a web exclusive.

Three days later, Goodman followed up with an extensive report—“Dakota Access Pipeline Co.

Attacks Native Americans with Dogs and Pepper Spray”—that she broadcast live on her show.

The video quickly went viral, pinging across Twitter and Facebook (where it was viewed more than 14 million times) and landing, ultimately, on the same big news stations that, until that moment, hadn’t bothered to cover the protests: CNN, CBS, NBC, NPR.

By the same distorted logic, every muckraking news gatherer from Ida Tarbell and Upton Sinclair on through I. Stone, and, yes, today’s Matt Taibbi (whose work Erickson apparently admires) was not a journalist but an activist flirting with arrest.

This notion should disturb anyone who labors in the journalism trenches, particularly those who dedicate their days, and often nights, to covering stories that challenge the mighty and prick at the powerful.

The charge: riot, a misdemeanor punishable by jail time and a fine.

It should be noted that this was not the original charge leveled against Goodman; initially, she was tagged with criminal trespassing, also a misdemeanor.

Goodman’s arrival at the main protest site was significant.

At the time, not a single one of the major American broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) had sent a reporter to cover the Standing Rock mobilization; none had even bothered to mention it on the air.

On Monday, October 17, District Judge John Grinsteiner rejected the “riot” charge that had been leveled against Amy Goodman for her coverage of a September 3 Dakota Access Pipeline protest.