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Democracy Now Covers Rod Coronado's Arrest

"Jailed for Facebook Friending: Animal Rights Activist Rod Coronado Ordered Back to Prison After Accepting Friend Request from Fellow Activist"

This segment from yesterday's Democracy Now (DN) broadcast is about 15-minutes long and consists of an interview with with Dean Kuipers, an editor at the Los Angeles Times and author of "Operation Bite Back: Rod Coronado’s War to Save American Wilderness."

Host Amy Goodman ended the segment with these words: "In Coronado’s 2006 letter renouncing arson, he wrote, quote, "Don’t ask me how to burn down a building. Ask me how to grow watermelons or how to explain nature to a child.""

You can watch, listen to, and read the transcript of this interview at http://www.democracynow.org/2010/9/8/ jailed_for_facebook_friending_animal_rights .

On a related note, as a longtime Democracy Now viewer, two things seem clear: (1) DN regularly provides coverage regarding police repression and political prisoners; and (2) DN is not (yet!) very concerned with providing coverage that helps audience members appreciate just how terrible animals often have it, or what the animal protection movement is seeking to accomplish. So, in this extended interview regarding Rod Coronado, for example, DN hosts a discussion about Rod's work as an activist, including his work for whales and animals exploited for their fur, but does not explore in significant detail what is happening to these animals that causes people to risk arrest or otherwise work to help them.

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