31 October 2006

United States now ranks 53rd in world press freedom

So you think that the United States of America has freedom of the press?

Maybe you even believe those allegations of a liberal media bias?

Well, guess again.

Sure, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution dictates that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."

And they haven't.

But that doesn't keep journalists from being persecuted for challenging the White House's talking points.

The U.S. now ranks an embarrassing 53rd in the fifth annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders.

According to this evaluation, Panama has more press freedom than the U.S. So do Trinidad and Tobago. So do Bosnia and Herzegovina. So does Estonia.

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