a ‘revolting’ press corpse … “cowed subjects”

Press freedom has declined under the ‘liberal left’ in the US over the last 10 years, worsening under the Obama regime, now as low as 46th. The same has happened in Australia under the previous Labor administration. Jonathon Turley has noticed, probably the first to come over from the dark side to point out what has been obvious to the right: United States Drops To 46th in Press Freedoms Under Barack Obama

President_Barack_ObamaWe have previously discussed the attack of President Obama on press freedom. As with the comprehensive attack on privacy, there has been little outcry from Democratic or liberal voters to the placing of journalists under surveillance or the treatment of reporters as potential criminals for receiving information from whistleblowers. Even those who express disappointment have not let these policies alter their continued support for the Administration. Many simply buy the White House argument that the other guys are worse. Well, international groups view the matter a bit more objectively and this month released a report that should be an utter embarrassment for every American. The United States — once the world champion of press freedoms — have called to forty-sixth in the world, according to the World Press Freedom Index. The drop is tied directly to the anti-media policies of President Obama.

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Turley’s ‘awakening is noticed by Hoskinson at the Washington Examiner today. Glenn Reynolds : JONATHAN TURLEY: Obama’s cult of personality has turned US into ‘a nation of enablers.’

[…]The cult of Obama adoration has since become so unbearable the White House press corps revolted last year, denouncing the government-funded propaganda that puts the president front and center into everything, even celebrations of pivotal historical events such as the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy‘s assassination.

It’s gotten to the point where it’s moved beyond ridicule into self-parody.

Turley may be astonished by the Democrats’ passivity in the face of Obama’s abuse of executive power, but I’m not. They’ve behaved like cowed subjects of a third-world dictator for six years — is it any surprise that he’s begun to act like one?

This isn’t the first time Turley has issued his warning. He told the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 3 that Obama is “becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.”The Australian electorate was awake last year to kick out a similar regime after press freedoms were attacked, culminating in a legal attack on Andrew Bolt, who still cannot publish on certain topics. The left go full “monty” on the abuse, it’s only offensive if it’s ‘the other side’: There goes the Left again, using our taxes for another soapbox.

So they abuse Tim Wilson, the new Government’s appointment to the Human Rights Commission, afraid they’ll have to share that soapbox!

Sinclair Davidson worries too now about the slow progress though: George Brandis is up for re-election in 2016

Jim Allen reminds us that George Brandis hasn’t delivered:

Alas, Mr Brandis is now purportedly leaning away from a total repeal of section 18C. Recall that this section has four triggers that undercut free speech. Those triggers are the words ‘insult’, ‘offend’, ‘humiliate’ and ‘intimidate’. These give people prepared to go to court plenty of ammunition to silence others whose criticisms they dislike (think Andrew Bolt here or Mark Steyn in Canada, where similar laws existed).

Don’t want to peck or be horrible about this, but a promise is a promise.

Andrew Bolt: Quadrant wonders what it was that my lawyers warned was too dangerous for me to even report, let alone comment on.  Catallaxy also wonders what it was.

[…] How shameful that in a free society it is deemed too legally dangerous for me to say a particular DFAT publication offended me and why. What agenda is being protected here, and at what cost? By what right do we prevent citizens from debating freely matters of moral and political importance?

When will the left media condemn this outrageous behaviour, for it’s their silence that encourages it: Members of the green group 350.org gather outside the home of an oil company executive to intimidate him:


Gee, that looks familiar:


This isn’t the first time Turley has issued his warning. He told the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 3 that Obama is “becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.”

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