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No, US press freedoms aren’t in great danger.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a group alleging to promote press freedom and the rights of journalists, gave President Trump the Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom Award in its Press Oppressors awards this week. The story was giddily retweeted across the liberal Twitterverse. Watching Trump and the media slap-fight like a couple of...
Time: 21:01     Date: 12.01.2018
Last US News - Opinion: No, US press freedoms aren’t in great danger. NY Post 24 - US News

Watching Trump and the media slap-fight like a couple of sloshed Real Housewives hasn’t done wonders for the country, granted. But setting aside the melodrama, the fact is that self-serving complaints about American press freedoms being in peril are unqualified bunk.

That’s not to say average Americans don’t have plenty of reasons to be worried about the future of free expression. There are forces gathering that aspire to criminalize dissent and punish Americans for their unpopular opinions. In fact, many of the loudest voices crying out about Trump’s fascism fully support these efforts, rationalize them or are complicity silent.

“While previous US presidents have each criticized the press to some degree, they have also made public commitments to uphold its essential role in democracy, at home and abroad,” claims the Committee to Protect Journalists.

It’s true the last president made many public commitments to uphold the press’ essential role in democracy while secretly scouring the phone records of reporters and an editor of The Associated Press to uncover leakers.

If the Trump administration, which has a bigger leak problem than any in history, were to engage in anything resembling this kind of behavior, it would rightly be considered a massive scandal.

But it’s not just about the past. While Trump’s efforts to stop fabulist Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” from being published are silly and counterproductive and sure to fail, he is merely accessing the legal rights that all Americans enjoy.

In the meantime, Democrats currently support new laws that would allow the state to ban political books and documentaries.

The years of President Barack Obama made overturning the First Amendment via the overturn of Citizens United a tenet of the Democratic Party platform. Obama, in perfect syntax, engaged in an act of norm-breaking by calling out the Supreme Court publicly for upholding the First Amendment.

There is no country in Europe that boasts as healthy an environment for press freedom or free speech as the United States. In Europe, libel laws are frequently used by the rich and powerful to suppress unfavorable coverage. In England, for example, Trump would likely have been able to quash the Wolff book. In Germany, the state demands that private online outlets govern speech that doesn’t comport with their diktats. In France, the government will decide what is real news.

The European Commission’s Code of Conduct features an array of demands for the government to police speech, which includes online “hate speech,” among other things. Increasing numbers of Americans support the implementation of these kinds of laws here.

The press is probably safer from government interference than it was from 2001 to 2016. The Internet is freer for everyone. Political discourse is in better hands because of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. And after an eight-year hibernation, the press has rediscovered its purpose as the opposition party.

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Dems are the ones leaving the Dreamers in the cold. NY Post 24 - US News
Dems are the ones leaving the Dreamers in the cold.
It’s now painfully clear that Democrats in Congress are happy to use the Dreamers as a political football, rather than...
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Cuomo’s money-saving mercy: parole for old, sick inmates.
Not all of Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposals to save money involve new taxes or fiscal gimmicks: One is pure good sense. Faced...
Last US News - Opinion: New York’s coming stealth tax hikes. NY Post 24 - US News
New York’s coming stealth tax hikes.
Hard up for cash, Gov. Cuomo is trying to sneak through a $1.5 billion “stealth” income-tax hike — on top of $1 billion...
Last US News - Opinion: Trump has delivered big for the pro-life movement. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump has delivered big for the pro-life movement.
As President Trump closes out his first year in office, it’s worth taking stock of the commitments he made as a candidate...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Dems are the ones leaving the Dreamers in the cold. NY Post 24 - US News
Dems are the ones leaving the Dreamers in the cold.
It’s now painfully clear that Democrats in Congress are happy to use the Dreamers as a political football, rather than...
Last US News - Opinion: Cuomo’s money-saving mercy: parole for old, sick inmates. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo’s money-saving mercy: parole for old, sick inmates.
Not all of Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposals to save money involve new taxes or fiscal gimmicks: One is pure good sense. Faced...
Last US News - Opinion: New York’s coming stealth tax hikes. NY Post 24 - US News
New York’s coming stealth tax hikes.
Hard up for cash, Gov. Cuomo is trying to sneak through a $1.5 billion “stealth” income-tax hike — on top of $1 billion...
Last US News - Opinion: Trump has delivered big for the pro-life movement. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump has delivered big for the pro-life movement.
As President Trump closes out his first year in office, it’s worth taking stock of the commitments he made as a candidate...
Last US News - Opinion: Did Putin’s pawns help assemble the Trump-smearing dossier?. NY Post 24 - US News
Did Putin’s pawns help assemble the Trump-smearing dossier?.
The “Steele dossier,” a compendium of salacious, unproven claims against President Trump compiled from Russian sources...

Living

US Living News: Earth keeps getting warmer and warmer. NY Post 24 - US News
Earth keeps getting warmer and warmer.
The past three years were the warmest ever recorded, according to a report released Thursday. UN statistics confirmed that...
US Living News: From travel perks to nap pods, what millennials want at work. NY Post 24 - US News
From travel perks to nap pods, what millennials want at work.
Ninety-six percent of professionals don’t care about the corner office, according to a new study from LinkedIn about success...
US Living News: Meet Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s new rookie models. NY Post 24 - US News
Meet Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s new rookie models.
The 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit just got hotter. On Wednesday, the mag announced that Olivia Culpo, Hunter McGrady and...
US Living News: Having a child out of wedlock is the norm for women in their 40s. NY Post 24 - US News
Having a child out of wedlock is the norm for women in their 40s.
Who needs a ring? A majority of US women who’ve never married have given birth to at least one child by the time they...
US Living News: Why it’s so hard to cut toxic people out of your life. NY Post 24 - US News
Why it’s so hard to cut toxic people out of your life.
Hoping to rid your life of toxic people in 2018? It may not be as easy as you think. A study published this week in the American...
US Living News: Skyscraper-sized asteroid will buzz Earth. NY Post 24 - US News
Skyscraper-sized asteroid will buzz Earth.
Imagine a piece of rock the size of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper speeding through space 15 times faster the world’s fastest...
US Living News: Vandals slaughter 200,000 honeybees by dousing them with gas. NY Post 24 - US News
Vandals slaughter 200,000 honeybees by dousing them with gas.
An estimated 200,000 honeybees were reportedly killed Saturday in California when vandals, in what’s being called a “senseless...
US Living News: Burned-out doctors taking toll on US patients. NY Post 24 - US News
Burned-out doctors taking toll on US patients.
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors feel burned out, depressed, or both – and those feelings affect how they relate to patients,...

Business

Last US Business News: Retailers consider investing in online ‘Costco for millennials’. NY Post 24 - US News
Retailers consider investing in online ‘Costco for millennials’.
General Mills and Bed Bath & Beyond are weighing investments in Boxed.com, The Post has learned. Big Apple-based Boxed,...
Last US Business News: Unilever backs out of buying Halo Top ice cream. NY Post 24 - US News
Unilever backs out of buying Halo Top ice cream.
Unilever was recently close to buying fast-growing niche ice cream maker Halo Top for roughly $2 billion — but got cold...
Last US Business News: Rebox and Disney battle over how to rent movie multi-packs. NY Post 24 - US News
Rebox and Disney battle over how to rent movie multi-packs.
Redbox is pushing back at Disney’s attempt to stop it from renting multi-packs of movies individually. The movie rental...
Last US Business News: Someone is attacking Google and Apple’s shuttle buses. NY Post 24 - US News
Someone is attacking Google and Apple’s shuttle buses.
Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are under attack. Charter buses shuttling Google and Apple employees to and from work...
Last US Business News: From travel perks to nap pods, what millennials want at work. NY Post 24 - US News
From travel perks to nap pods, what millennials want at work.
Ninety-six percent of professionals don’t care about the corner office, according to a new study from LinkedIn about success...
Last US Business News: Bain Capital founder William Bain Jr. dead at 80. NY Post 24 - US News
Bain Capital founder William Bain Jr. dead at 80.
William Bain Jr., the founder of global consulting and private equity businesses bearing his name who helped drive the career...
Last US Business News: Morgan Stanley flies high on wealth management. NY Post 24 - US News
Morgan Stanley flies high on wealth management.
Morgan Stanley has floated its way to the top. James Gorman’s bank reported its best-ever quarter for its core business,...
Last US Business News: Amazon shortens list for its second headquarters. NY Post 24 - US News
Amazon shortens list for its second headquarters.
NEW YORK — Amazon is narrowing the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest...

Metro

Metro News: 9-11 fireman accuses ‘all-black’ color-guard of discrimination against whites. NY Post 24 - US News
9-11 fireman accuses ‘all-black’ color-guard of discrimination against whites.
An FDNY first responder pictured in an iconic 9/11 photo is alleging he was the victim of anti-white discrimination after...
Metro News: De Blasio blames state for failing to help with NYCHA repairs. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio blames state for failing to help with NYCHA repairs.
Mayor de Blasio complains that the state hasn’t provided “a whole lot of help” to make desperately needed repairs at...
Metro News: Cable crew caught trying to sneak in fake bomb at Newark Airport. NY Post 24 - US News
Cable crew caught trying to sneak in fake bomb at Newark Airport.
Seven members of a cable TV crew were arrested at Newark Airport on Thursday after trying to film themselves passing a fake...
Metro News: City asks family displaced by ceiling collapse if they’d leave the borough. NY Post 24 - US News
City asks family displaced by ceiling collapse if they’d leave the borough.
A Brooklyn mom whose apartment was wrecked by a ceiling collapse told The Post a public-housing official asked Thursday if...
Metro News: City school agency broke law, lost money by not investing. NY Post 24 - US News
City school agency broke law, lost money by not investing.
It’s Investing 101. The city’s School Construction Authority stashed $104 million in a low-interest checking account...
Metro News: Apartment owner doesn’t care about broken heat: tenants. NY Post 24 - US News
Apartment owner doesn’t care about broken heat: tenants.
Tenants who have been suffering without heat or hot water for nearly 18 days in a Brooklyn apartment building can expect...
Metro News: City fails to live up to lofty AP exam goals. NY Post 24 - US News
City fails to live up to lofty AP exam goals.
Roughly 70 percent of city students who entered high school in the 2011-2012 academic year never took a single Advanced Placement...
Metro News: Teen ‘wanted to curse out’ alleged rapist NYPD cops in court. NY Post 24 - US News
Teen ‘wanted to curse out’ alleged rapist NYPD cops in court.
The Brooklyn teen who accused two former NYPD cops of raping and sexually assaulting her said that she “wanted to curse”...

Sport

Last US Sport News: MLB likely will have a clock for pitchers. NY Post 24 - US News
MLB likely will have a clock for pitchers.
The timeless game will very likely feature a clock in 2018, whether players like it or not. Major League Baseball, aggressively...
Last US Sport News: Rangers will be without key defenseman to start road trip. NY Post 24 - US News
Rangers will be without key defenseman to start road trip.
Marc Staal has been ruled out of the weekend back-to-back in Colorado on Saturday afternoon and Los Angeles on Sunday night...
Last US Sport News: South Korea coach suspended for allegedly assaulting Olympic athlete. NY Post 24 - US News
South Korea coach suspended for allegedly assaulting Olympic athlete.
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s skating authorities have suspended a national team coach for allegedly beating...
Last US Sport News: Josh Bailey picks up right where he left off in Islanders return. NY Post 24 - US News
Josh Bailey picks up right where he left off in Islanders return.
After missing the previous four games with a lower-body injury, All-Star winger Josh Bailey rejoined the top line alongside...
Last US Sport News: NYCFC could grab one of these five targets in the SuperDraft. NY Post 24 - US News
NYCFC could grab one of these five targets in the SuperDraft.
With the SuperDraft looming, what exactly does New York City FC need? A strong offseason with additions on offense and defense...