U.S. press freedom ranking drops due to arrest of … Bilal Hussein

posted at 5:28 pm on October 24, 2006 by Allahpundit

Tinti’s got it. Here’s the overview from Reporters Without Borders, double-barrelled with scare quotes for your pleasure:

Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of “national security” to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his “war on terrorism.”

And here’s the boss cataloging the myriad delightful ways in which Bilal Hussein chose to “question” Bush’s war. Bush’s war, mind you. Not America’s.

Like Duncan Hunter said to Blitzer, you can’t be on both sides, boys. Although Bilal Hussein isn’t really on both sides, is he?

Exit question: should the U.S. get bonus points on its ranking when newspapers admit to having abused their freedom?


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IT is the “West’s” or “Civilization’s” war. It is my war.
“I blew up the dam”
Who cares what these people think anyway? They just want us to sumbit to their arrogant BS.

bbz123 on October 24, 2006 at 5:38 PM

So there are 57 countries whose media lies even better than ours? Wow.

Iblis on October 24, 2006 at 5:43 PM

So if 56 countries’ press is more free than the United States’ I wonder why, uhm, all 56 of those countries have net emigration to the United States.

Perhaps those emigrants are into s/m games or something.

Niko on October 24, 2006 at 5:53 PM

Bingo Niko!
Even as screwed up as our own MSM is,it still beats the pants off of those others.

bbz123 on October 24, 2006 at 5:56 PM

Wow…. 56 countries…. can I see the list??? It should be VERY enlghtening….

Romeo13 on October 24, 2006 at 6:15 PM

Well, you know … with the way the government is going around locking up reporters left and right that dare to say anything negative about the president or administration … and is forcing the media to have all their reports pre-approved by government operatives … and hanging all those newspaper editors … and confiscating magazines … and blocking blogs and web sites …

What? They’re not? You mean that the American press can reveal national security investigative methods and say bad things about the president???

Umm … nevermind.

LissaKay on October 24, 2006 at 6:29 PM

Why is there always an assumption that reporters can do no wrong?

The mere act of arresting a reporter does not mean that you don’t have a free press. Unless, of course, you define ‘free press’ to mean that a reporter can do whatever the heck they please including providing information and material support to the enemy during a time of war without suffering any consequences”. I suppose, if that’s your definition of ‘free press’ then the US does not have a completely free press (although much freer than I’d like it to be given that definition).

JadeNYU on October 24, 2006 at 6:39 PM

These people are not “News Reporters”. “News Reporters”, report the news, unbiasedly. Real “News Reporters” do not write their stories with hidden opinions embedded in the text.

These are “News Makers”. They make it UP. They slant it. It’s an Agenda Driven story meant to diminutive the subject of the story. It is not transparent.

Anyone can wear a Press Badge, but that doesn’t make it right to stage the news. That’s where “Freedom” gets distorted and misinformation becomes headlines.

Kini on October 24, 2006 at 7:00 PM

Wow…. 56 countries…. can I see the list??? It should be VERY enlghtening….

…agreed…then, once we have the list, could we email it to “Pinch” Sulzberger and Ted Turner, in hopes that they’ll emigrate?

I wonder if by “free”, the solons who rate who is and isn’t “free” in this case followed the norms of libs today and confused “free” with “I get everything I want, now, FOR FREE, with apologies from everyone around me for taking so long to get it to me”.

Puritan1648 on October 24, 2006 at 7:36 PM

Hoping that it will remain an abstract, would Mrs. Clinton win in 2008, all of a sudden we’d be #1 and liked in the world, I mean looooved.

Real “News Reporters” do not write their stories with hidden opinions embedded in the text.

Kini on October 24, 2006 at 7:00 PM

Kini, good point, except they don’t even bother to hide anything. Look at any day’s Yahoo or Reuters headlines – says it all. Then the articles by the hundreds every day…an old and obvious hat. Must say, though, they’ve become more brazen and ‘in your face’ about it, especially in this pre-election time.

Entelechy on October 24, 2006 at 8:21 PM

Criminy. And reporters wonder why they always score so low on the ‘respected professions’ scale.

What a sanctimonious pantload.

Slublog on October 24, 2006 at 8:32 PM

Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of “national security” to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his “war on terrorism.”

Should read……….

Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after Press Secretary Tony Snow bitch-slapped the CNN correspondent. the president Snow used the pretext of “national security”“I’m sick of your liberal whining” to regard as treasonoussuspicious any journalist who questioned his “war on terrorism.”

Now, back to Wolf and more commentary………

BacaDog on October 24, 2006 at 8:44 PM

Whatever.

Check this:

Denmark (19th) dropped from joint first place because of serious threats against the authors of the Mohammed cartoons published there in autumn 2005. For the first time in recent years in a country that is very observant of civil liberties, journalists had to have police protection due to threats against them because of their work.

The formerly #1 ranked country fell due to the fact that the press was free to publish the cartoons, and was then threatened by the oh-so-sensitive followers of the religion of peace and have to have police protection.

I’m not sure how their rankings really even count if they don’t seperate repression from the “establishment” and that of freaked-out whack jobs (the latter, of course, requiring protection from the establishment).

Besides, what the hell kind of sensitive information does Finland or Iceland (sharing #1) have anyway?

yo on October 24, 2006 at 9:26 PM

I get it now. Any country that holds reporters responsible for what they write lose position in that ranking, and alowing irresponsible reporting causes a country to rise.

I still don’t understand why Denmark lost ground. It was mentioned that their reporters needed police protection. Guilt by association?

IMHO, Reporters Without Borders is guilty of being irresponsible, and irrelevant.

DannoJyd on October 25, 2006 at 11:31 AM

yo and Danno, excellent points. Thanks for sharing,

Entelechy on October 25, 2006 at 11:56 PM