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The Global Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic on a Free Press

Among the many victims of the coronavirus pandemic is a free press.  Make no mistake, the press is not in nearly as precarious a predicament as so many other victims and industries, but at a time when getting truthful news to the public is paramount, it most assuredly is a victim. And yet at the same time, there are glimmers...

The Coronavirus:  Different Approaches to Informing the Public from Around the World, and the Ensuing Dangers

Update 2-29-20:   After the White House apparently muzzled Dr. Anthony Fauci and other leading government medical officials to avoid inconsistent messages about potential catastrophic pandemics, Fauci appeared on MSNBC to provide an update on the coronavirus outbreak.  A wise move, as the history of suppression of unwelcome news of global crises has shown. Lest there be any doubt about the...

Prager University v. Google

Amid all the rancor by presidential candidates, other politicians, and some of the public at large to regulate speech among social media outlets large and small, comes this bit of harsh reality to some.  Most social media is not a public forum.  Social media by and large consists of private entities.  Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.  They can publish and broadcast...

Live from Moscow, It’s Radio Putin!

Written by Neil MacFarquhar and published in The New York Times: Playing on Kansas City Radio: Russian Propaganda Radio Sputnik, a propaganda arm of the Russian government, began broadcasting on three Kansas City-area radio stations during prime drive time. When commuters spin the radio dial as they drive through Kansas City, Mo., these days, between the strains of classic rock and country...