an example of the latter, china's big news service is xinhua. xinhua covers the benghazi issues in a new article today and this is at the opening:
people deride the chinese media. it's state controlled.
well it is.
but how is that different from the u.s. media which allows itself to be state controlled?
in china, the journalists live in fear when they write an article that might offend. the same is true in the u.s. but, again, the difference is that in china there are laws against a free press. in the u.s. there is a free press but reporters repeatedly stab it in the back to write what the government wants written. in the u.s., the press is way too close to the powerful and that's why time and again we see them unable to hold any 1's foot to the fire - any 1 that's not a teenage starlet.
it's really sad because we have a free press but we still rush to do what the rulers want. if you refuse to exercise your freedom, can you really argue that you're better than state controlled media?
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'