America has dropped to No. 49 on the Global Press Freedom Index, compiled annually by Reporters Without Borders. Reasons for our mediocre ranking include Obama’s unprecedented persecution of whistleblowers, warrantless, mass electronic surveillance and concentration of media ownership narrow enough to make dictators jealous. Add the 2012 legalization of propaganda for domestic audiences to that list, and we’re looking up at Romania (45), South Africa (42) and Botswana (43) as beacons of open expression.
Ironic, then, that Washington’s main obstacle to reality-inversion has been Russia (148), with Vladimir Putin pro ... continue reading »