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  •  Press freedom drops are disturbing. (2+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, wintergreen8694

    If the Heritage Foundation takes us down to 12th place in "economic freedom", then Obama deserves a third term.  The Heritage Foundation is a Wall Street-friendly thinktank.

    The drop to 46th in press freedom is truly disturbing...a bit worse that El Salvador and a bit better than Serbia.  

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 07:03:45 PM PST

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    •  Obama's war on whistleblowers could have (8+ / 0-)

      a large hand in that.  His administration has prosecuted more and more harshly than all the other presidents combined.

      And then there's NSA.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 12:47:54 AM PST

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      •  I get the feeling... (0+ / 0-)

          ...that it's less about "whistleblowers" and more about what they perceive as "political correctness".

            They're unhappy that it's become far less acceptable in the media to be overtly racist and homophobic.

        "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

        by Buzzer on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 05:13:22 AM PST

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        •  I read an analysis and yes, it had much to do (4+ / 0-)
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          with Obama's attack on whistleblowers, on the messages from his administration that reporters are "complicit" and language like that.

          I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

          by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 05:42:35 AM PST

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    •  Anecdote from the Cold War (1+ / 0-)
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      The escort of a Russian(Soviet) press delegation touring the US, told the following story:

      During the usual Q&A at the end of the tour one Russian reporter asked him: How do you do it?

      Do what?

      Have your entire news media consistently follow the same, political talking points, was the reply. In the USSR even with reprisals and threats the Kremlin can't extract such consistent conformity from the soviet media

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