Here’s a big heads up for media mavens (in case you haven’t already noticed): The times they are a’changing. With apologies to Bob Dylan, I would suggest that the U.S. has now joined the rest of the world with a newly elected leader who regards the media as one would a gnat: If it annoys you, swat it. Swat it hard. This puts us squarely in the global mainstream of authoritarianism, especially regarding freedom of speech. Out of curiosity (and a bit of masochism), I counted the number of nations with significant levels of press controls. On my first pass, the total came to 145.
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