Thursday, August 03, 2017

U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

“Journalists in the United States face hostility from local and federal governments, along with a number of legal threats to themselves and their sources. This nonpartisan website aims to be the first to provide reliable, easy-to-access information on the number of press freedom violations in the United States—from journalists facing charges to reporters stopped at the U.S. border or asked to hand over their electronics.”

What would “a new nonpartisan website dedicated to documenting press freedom abuses across the United States” look like?  Same old left of center, biased news. Filled with opinion, and little research.  I checked on several on this list by adding two words to the name of the organization in a Google search: “Donald Trump.” Try it.


American Society of News Editors

Columbia Journalism Review

Committee to Protect Journalists

Freedom of the Press Foundation

Free Press

Global Editors Network

Index on Censorship

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

Media Law Resource Center


National Association of Hispanic Journalists

National Press Club

National Press Photographers Association

News Media Alliance



Online News Association

PEN America


Regional Reporters Association

Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Reporters Without Borders

Society of Environmental Journalists

Society of Professional Journalists

The Media Consortium

Columbia Journalism Review, a self styled media watch dog, nailed it in explaining why Trump tweets and runs circles around the media.

"Producing morning television or radio, after all, is so much easier when you dispense with the cumbersome business of “production values,” or the costs of journalism, just as long as you have compelling conte...nt. To set the morning agenda you don’t need studios, technicians, producers, fixers, interns, lights, cameras, hair and make-up. You don’t even need advertisers. All you need is a captivating guest who will, at around 6:30 am Eastern Standard Time, reliably say something that will set the agenda for the rest of the day. That way you can “own” the morning, enjoy the highest ratings, and make sure everybody is talking about your show–until tomorrow, when the cycle repeats itself."

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