TOP GLOBAL “PRESS OPPRESSOR” – The Committee to Protect Journalists really didn’t do itself any favours:
The Committee to Protect Journalists named President Trump as the winner of its “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom” award in its “Press Oppressors” awards Monday.The committee released a list of top global press oppressors on Monday in response to Trump’s upcoming “fake news” awards, giving Trump the top honor.“While previous U.S. presidents have each criticized the press to some degree, they have also made public commitments to uphold its essential role in democracy, at home and abroad,” the committee wrote.“Trump, by contrast, has consistently undermined domestic news outlets and declined to publicly raise freedom of the press with repressive leaders such as Xi [Jinping], [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan, and [Abdel Fattah al-]Sisi.”
Trump was also named the runner-up in the “Most Thin-skinned” category, losing the top spot to Turkish President Erdoğan.
“He regularly attacks outlets and individual journalists on Twitter and in speeches, calling them ‘sad,’ ‘failing,’ or ‘garbage,’ ” the committee wrote of Trump. “Since declaring his presidential candidacy in 2015, Trump has posted about 1,000 tweets critical of the press.”
According to Reporters Without Borders, virtually the whole of Latin America, Africa and Asia has limited or non-existent press freedom; according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 44 reporters died last year as a result of their work, all but two of them on the above-mentioned three continents (the two died in Europe, none in North America and Australia), and 262 reporters have been imprisoned (all but one in Ukraine, again in Latin America, Africa and Asia (I consider Russia a part of Asia for these purposes, both geographically and culturally)), but Trump tweets mean things at the media, so he is the biggest threat to free press. The only journalists who have lost their jobs in the United States recently have done so for groping other journalists, not for their politics.
You know who should really win the Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom? The tendentious, partisan, biased, imbalanced mainstream media, which skews its treatment depending on the subject’s politics, and which keeps publishing ridiculous bullshit stories it has to subsequently pull out because once again it has allowed its partisan hysteria to run well ahead of the facts – or which salivates over a “notionally true” or “if it rings true, it’s true” book. You guys have done all to yourself.