U.S. #43 in Press Freedom
“The election of the 45th president of the United States set off a witchhunt against journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Donald Trump’s repeated diatribes against the Fourth Estate and its representatives — accusing them of being ‘among the most dishonest human beings on earth’ and of deliberately spreading ‘fake news’ — compromise a long U.S. tradition of defending freedom of expression.” . . .
“Trump’s ‘hate speech’ helped unleash attacks on the media almost everywhere in the world,” the group added.
—Paul Farhi, media reporter, “Trump’s attacks on media blamed for decline in U.S. standing in press-freedom survey,” The Washington Post, April 26, 2017
• Editorial Comment: The swamp is spreading.
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