Thursday, March 09, 2017

COTW: US No Longer Land of Free Press

One would think that the United States would be at the top of this chart, but it shows US slipping into a miserable 41st place among the Earth's nations in press freedom behind the UK.  Finland, of all places, tops the chart of relative press freedom.  The NGO, Reporters Without Boarders, publishes a yearly ranking of 180 countries after considering such factors pluralism, transparency, independence, infrastructure and censorship:

A disturbing phenomenon of the decline in respect for reliable journalism is the "fake news" flooding the ether [see below].  Trump is contributing to the confusion with his impulsive early morning twits, such as the one in which he claimed Obama ordered telephone surveillance of him during the election. Obama's director of national intelligence categorically denied there was any such alleged wiretapping.  US Person wonders if Trump composes this stuff while relieving himself on the toilet?

faked news photo circulating on Net