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    U.S. Press Freedom 2014: Much Is in the Eye of the Beholder

    The headline from “World Press Freedom 2014,” published by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), was grave: The United States has plummeted in its rankings of 180 countries. From a not-so-great number 32 in 2013, we are now down to 48. When the group first produced its comprehensive “World Press Freedom” index … More

    Good News: Reporters Link Bigger Trade Deficit to Stronger Economy

    The government just announced that the trade deficit for May increased by $400 million. Usually, the media report announcements of bigger trade deficits as bad news, accompanied by mistaken assertions that trade deficits are a drag on the economy. But this time, some reporters got it right. According to Reuters: … More

    Q&A on the NSA Leak

    Recent reports indicate that a government contract employee leaked the details of a classified National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program to the media. We asked James Carafano, who authored a book on Washington’ s use of contractors, Private Sector, Public Wars, what to make of these recent revelations. Is it … More

    The Press Revolts Against Obama

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BaEQX7fLZI[/youtube] During yesterday’s White House press briefing, reporters grilled spokesman Robert Gibbs on the growing trend of staged theatrics used by President Obama.  Last week, when a Huffington Post columnist was hand-selected by the White House to ask a specific question of the President at a press briefing, the media was understandably upset.  But when … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Choreographed Town Hall

    Yesterday, President Obama held a town hall event in order to “sell his health care message to the public” during Congress’s July 4th recess. However, worried that the President cannot answer tough questions about his plan for health care reform, White House officials carefully screened each member of the audience in … More