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The basis of journalism as the fourth estate and a watchdog for corruption and injustice brings an unequivocal responsibility for journalists to be equally skilled and hard-working as they are virtuous and ethical. However, it could be argued that the digital world we live in today, with its instantaneous access to information, click-bait culture and censorship has seriously impeded the prevalence of quality information.
Despite this, journalists, patriots, and freedom fighters who showcase outstanding work and are considered highly influential risk-takers in today’s media still exist. Here is a list of 10 noteworthy names all journalism students and supporters of free speech or human rights should know right now.
James O’Keefe founded Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action after he had pulled off some of the most consequential undercover journalism coups in a generation, so he could have an organization dedicated to reviving the craft of undercover journalism. These two organizations are non-profits dedicated to investigating corruption, dishonesty, waste and fraud in public institutions and the private sector.
The undercover journalism O’Keefe has pioneered at Project Veritas relies on the most modern digital and video technology infused with the legacy of the great investigative journalists of the past, such as Nellie Bly, Mike Wallace, Gunter Wallraff and Woodward and Bernstein.
Today, O’Keefe and Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action continue to seek the same opportunities first motivated him as a Rutgers undergraduate philosophy major. At Rutgers, he founded an independent campus newspaper called The Centurion.
Avi Yemini is the Australia Bureau Chief for Rebel News. He’s a former Israeli Defence Force marksman turned citizen journalist. Avi’s most known for getting amongst the action and asking the tough questions in a way that brings a smile to your face.
David “The Menzoid” Menzies is the Rebel News “Mission Specialist.” The Menzoid is equal parts outrageous and irreverent as he dares to ask the type of questions those in the Media Party would rather not ponder.
Andrew Says is a popular YouTuber and commentator for Rebel News, and frequent man-on-the-street interviewer. With a background in broadcasting and public relations, Andrew has been a professional writer for nearly a decade.
Keean Bexte is Rebel News’ travelling correspondent. Keean has broken stories from the White House to Hong Kong, covering the other side of the story wherever it is.
Dr. Simone Gold
Dr. Simone Gold, MD is a Emergency Medicine Specialist in Los Angeles, CA and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University Of Medicine Science/The Chicago Medical School medical school in 1989.
On July 27th, her press conference on COVID-19 sparked mass controversy and all related videos have been banned from multiple social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.
Currently, she has been affiliated with Centinela Freeman Emergency Medical Associates in Inglewood, California. However, the Centinela Hospital Medical Center terminated her after she decided to go public with her political views, in particular, support for President Donald Trump.
According to California state records, Gold has a medical license as a physician and surgeon and was the head organizer of an open letter signed by more than 600 doctors who pushed President Trump to end the national shutdown.
Then, Gold completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. In her career, she worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well as for the Chairman of the Labor & Human Resources Committee.
Also, she worked as a congressional fellow for the U.S. Senate in 1997 in the Washington D.C. Metro area. According to her LinkedIn profile, since 2012 she has been a self-employed “Concierge Physician” for “DrSimoneGold.com.”
From 2006 to 2008, she was the editor and co-Founder of Medicalife in Los Angeles. Later down the road in 2017, she founded Gold Healthcare Solutions.
John Edward Gerard Matze Jr. is an American computer scientist, and software developer. He is most notably known for his work as CEO & Founder of Parler, a free speech social media platform founded in August 2018.
Matze lives in Henderson, Nevada. He studied computer science & business at University of Denver, and in his early years went to Poway High School, in Poway, California. Matze began his work as a Junior Web Developer at Alere Inc. (now Abbott Inc.). Matze then went on to work for General Atomics, programming aeronautical components for GA Special Projects. He then worked for BridgeSTOR as the Lead iOS Developer from 2015 to 2017. Matze furthered his career by working as a Software Engineer at Amazon Web Services. He also worked for CarePICS full time as a Software Manager, and iOS developer. In August of 2018, Matze launched Parler, the free speech social network. Parler is one of the popular and growing right-wing or free speech social platforms including, Gab, MeWe, BitChute, and Odysee (Streamlined LBRY Platform).
Andrew Torba is a 30 year old Christian entrepreneur and American Populist from northeastern Pennsylvania. He is the founder and CEO of Gab.com, the free speech social network.
Andrew is married to Emily Torba and is a loving father to their daughter Sophia. Andrew’s family lives at an undisclosed rural location with their dog Apollo, their cat Smoke, a hive of bees, and several chickens. Torba enjoys reading, writing, and spending all of his free time glorifying Jesus Christ.
Andrew was raised in a middle class family and is the oldest of five children. His father Bob Torba, Jr has been a FedEx Express courier for 30+ years in the Pocono Mountains. His mother Amy Torba was a stay-at-home mom for 25+ years and now lovingly dedicates her time helping animals at the local animal shelter.
Andrew Torba started his first business, Kuhcoon, while he was a sophomore in college at the University of Scranton where he graduated with a BA in Philosophy in 2013. Kuhcoon, later renamed Automate Ads, was a social media marketing software business that was acquired by AdHawk in October 2017.
In 2015 Kuhcoon was accepted into Y Combinator, one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in Silicon Valley. After living and working in Silicon Valley’s inner circle for a year and a half Torba quickly became disillusioned with Big Tech companies.
After witnessing the rise of online censorship during the 2016 election, Torba left Silicon Valley and started Gab.com to launch the alt-tech revolution in August of 2016.
After the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, Torba tweeted “build the wall” in response to the meltdown of fellow Y Combinator entrepreneurs who couldn’t cope with the embarrassing loss of Hillary Clinton. Y Combinator promptly blacklisted Torba from their network and wrongfully labeled his statements in defense of national borders and President Trump “harassment.”
Since leaving Silicon Valley and launching Gab, Andrew Torba has been relentlessly smeared by Big Tech, the mainstream media, academics, members of the U.S. Congress, foreign governments, and the political establishment for refusing to censor first amendment-protected political speech.
Rush Limbaugh was born on January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. After breaking into a radio career in the 1970s, Limbaugh was fired for being too controversial as a news commentator. However, by 1984, he had become the top radio host in Sacramento, California.Limbaugh’s greatest success came in August 1988, when The Rush Limbaugh Show (nationally syndicated from New York City by the ABC Radio Network) premiered. Known for its heavy political focus and sometimes extreme conservative slant, The Rush Limbaugh Show has been on the air for more than three decades. Limbaugh also makes regular appearances as a political commentator on television, and has authored a number of magazine articles and books, including The Way Things Ought to Be (1992).
Governor Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has seen his profile rise, like other governors’, as states’ chief executives have taken on a leading role in the United States’ fight again the coronavirus.
DeSantis, who was born on Sept. 14, 1978, and was elected Florida’s governor in 2018, has been one of the highest-profile figures in the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic has sickened more and more Americans.
After getting his law degree, DeSantis served in the Navy, where he was a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, also known as a JAG. According to his previous biography as a member of the House of Representatives, DeSantis was deployed to Iraq in 2007. Additionally, he served at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
DeSantis entered Congress in 2013 after winning a seat in the House of Representatives in 2012. There, DeSantis was a part of a robust conservative movement in the House of Representatives at the time, which was largely driven by opposition to former President Obama.
In 2015 he was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus. The Freedom Caucus is a group of Republicans who generally more conservative than the typical GOP member, and often a thorn in the side of the party’s more moderate leadership.
DeSantis graduated Yale, where he was the captain of the school’s baseball team, in 2001 with his bachelor’s degree. He then went to Harvard Law School, where he graduated with his J.D. in 2005.
DeSantis, who balked at issuing a stay-at-home order in Florida for weeks, did so on April 1, less than a day after receiving a letter from 13 Democratic members of Congress urging him to
“immediately issue a statewide stay-at-home order to save lives.”
“This pandemic has not respected global borders so it certainly will not respect county borders,” the letter said. “We cannot wait, we cannot leave this decision to county or municipal governments.”
At least 34 total states have issued stay-at-home orders.
His state has also received significant criticism for not enforcing social distancing strongly enough after reports of crowded beaches earlier in March as the U.S. was first grappling with the coronavirus “pandemic”.
Enrique Tarrio is the current leader of the Proud Boys U.S. militia group. He succeeded Gavin McInnes as chairman of the Proud Boys. Tarrio, 34, confirmed his ascension to the top of the Proud Boy ranks in an interview with Heavy. The new leader said,
“Yes, I am the new chairman of the Proud Boys International.”
Tarrio described his election to the role saying, “Basically, how the process works is since our organization has a very loose structure, chapter autonomy is big for us, so basically we have the presidents and vice presidents of a respective chapter and they go ahead and vote in what we’ve always had is a membership of eight elder and those eight elders go ahead and elect the chairman.”
On November 21, Gavin McInnes, the founder of the group, resigned from the Proud Boys. McInnes said in a YouTube video,
“As of today… I am officially disassociating myself from the Proud Boys.”
McInnes went on to say that his leaving in the group was in part due to who he, and Tarrio, referred to as the “New York Nine.” Nine associates of the Proud Boys were involved in a brawl with Antifa activists outside of the Metropolitan Republican Club in New York City on October 12. McInnes said in his video resignation,
“I am told my legal team and law enforcement that this gesture could help alleviate their sentencing. Fine, at the very least this will show jurors they are not dealing with a gang and there is no head of operations.”
On the same day as McInnes’ resignation, Milo Yiannopoulos, also announced he was leaving the group.