The United States has been demoted to 45th on the Reporters Without Borders index of press freedom, The Hill reports. Pearls clutched firmly in hand, the totally neutral* analysis group lamented, “A media-bashing enthusiast, Trump has referred to reporters [as] 'enemies of the people,' the term once used by Joseph Stalin” (italics, and eye-roll, added).
Although the inexplicable phenomenon of a gaggle of journalists finding the current administration to be quasi-tyrannical may shock, SHOCK(!) readers, you might want to keep in mind that the would-be-fascism in question is “saying mean things about media people”. It’s fair to note that one guy got kicked out of the Oval Office once after he kept badgering the President with accusations of racism, but… a quick-draw whataboutist might inject a timely link to the recent Variety(!) article arguing Obama was at least as uncooperative with the press.
But let’s not quibble. Is there anyone out there who would question President Trump’s disdain for the MSM? He regularly insults them to their face. But in terms of a “freedom index”, how can one credibly argue there’s repression of journalism in the era where we’ve seen more vitriol spewing from the media firehose against a sitting President than any other in modern history? How did we even find this report? The dark web?
The fact that The Hill, a center-left outlet, was easily able to report on its own loss of reporting freedom seems more than a little paradoxical, no? As for Reporters Without Borders—hey, guys, did you really think we wouldn’t notice the too-subtle-by-half shade in assigning the US the number *45*? Convenient unbiased analysis from you there, thanks.