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October 22, 2013

Hire Suggestions for Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar's Media Venture

By Rob Kall

Ebay billionaire Pierre Omidyar has announced that he's funding a journalism project with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras & Jeremy Scahill, starting with $250 million bucks. Omidyar reportedly intends to create something that brings together some of the best writers who have followings. Here's my list of progressive journalists who'd fit Omidyar's criteria & who I would be excited to see hired and provided with a staff


Pierre Omidyar, one of the founders of Ebay, has announced that he's funding a journalism project with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, starting with $250 million dollars. 

Muckrakers cited in Wikipedia-- a screen grab by wikipedia

The word is Omidyar intends to create something that brings together some of the best writers who have followings. 

That got me thinking about who in the progressive media would fit Omidyar's criteria and who I would be excited to see joining what Greenwald has called a "dream" journalistic endeavor.

Here's my partial list. I know I will be leaving people out who are deserving. This is simply an off-the-top-of-my-head list of some people who could really soar if they had more funding and a staff to help them. Some of them already have great arrangements, so it is unlikely they'd be lured. But for many of these folks, it would be wonderful to see their full talents unleashed with the help of healthy funding.

Matt Taibbi -- currently at Rolling Stone.   He's a total rock star in my mind, taking complex economic stories and making them rivetingly understandable. 

Marcy Wheeler  -  formerly of firedoglake, currently publishing emptywheel.com.  The depth of her investigative reporting is so often jaw dropping.  

Kevin Gosztola   is on fire, covering Bradley Manning's trial, NSA, major activism events. 
Kevin's training in multimedia has paid off with his audio and video work, as well as his writing.

Greg Palast   is a NY Times best-selling author and BBC investigative reporter who has broken major investigative stories

Naomi Klein  is an extraordinary investigative writer  and visionary with a huge following. 

Lee Fang is a brilliant investigative reporter, bringing to light connections between right wing organizations and billionaires. Giving him a team to help him-- that'll be amazing.

Ellen Brown     is an attorney and president of the Public Banking Institute. Her writing on economics is giving us a new way to think about banking, money, economics and capitalism. 

Cenk Uygur is a tough, smart progressive who analyzes what's happening in depth. 

Amy Goodman is an investigative TV journalist par excellence. 

Pratap Chatterjee investigates corporate misbehavior and hidden connections at corpwatch.org

Katherine Eban   is  an award-winning investigative reporter
Her investigation of the indian drug firm, Ranbaxy is incredible.

Brad Friedman has done a heroic job investigating election integrity issues, reporting them at his site, bradblog, and on his radio show. 

Arundhati Roy is a Booker prize winning Indian writer on human rights and the environment. 

Will Potter does great investigative reporting about eco-activism on his blog, greenisthenewred.com

Martha Rosenberg-- great investigative reporting on food and drug safety and big Pharma and big Agra.

Scott Horton is an attorney who writes on human rights. He's a columnist for Harper's magazine

Gareth Porter is an award winning investigative journalist focusing on national security policy. He won an award for coverage of propaganda

Wendell Potter was a top PR exec at CIGNA and became a whistleblower. He's become a regular writer on healthcare and the abuse of PR. He's author of the book Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans  

Dave Zirin is the leading writer on sports from a political (progressive) perspective, with many books written, a movie and many appearances on TV-- MSNBC, ESPN, Democracy Now. 

Robert Whitaker  is a science and medicine writer and investigative reporter who's written for the Boston Globe, with several books out. 

Jeff Sharlet    He is a contributing editor for  Harper's  and Rolling Stone . and a sharp, smart, award winning writer. I've enjoyed his focus on religion and it's intersection with politics. He's the author of The Family. 

Here are more people who would be great additions:

David Lindorff, David Fiderer, Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman, Thom Hartmann, Andrew Kreig, Ray McGovern (former CIA,) Danny Schecter, David Sirota, David Swanson, 

For those with a sharper edge-- Glen Ford and Chris Hedges would be great.

This is a a very incomplete, off-the-top-of-my-head list. Please add your comments with suggestions on others or comments on these. 

Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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