Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Heights of Hypocrisy

U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011

Press Statement
Philip J. Crowley

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
December 7, 2010

The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 - May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press.

The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age.

Highlighting the many events surrounding the celebration will be the awarding of the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize at the National Press Club on May 3rd. This prize, determined by an independent jury of international journalists, honors a person, organization or institution that has notably contributed to the defense and/or promotion of press freedom, especially where risks have been undertaken.

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My reaction when I read this was, "You gotta be fucking kidding me." But no, it's true. I feel like another layer of the matrix just got stripped off my back. Do you think Julian Assange will be honored at World Press Freedom Day? Me neither.

I hold this truth to be self-evident: America is counterfeit. The United States is a story -- technically, a farce that depends on the exploitation of others rather than the development of its own character. This nation has failed. We've thrown all our freedoms in the garbage, along with the responsibilities required to maintain them, and are represented by some of the most despicable people on the planet. Those who spilled their blood to found this country would likely shoot most of them on sight. Ron Paul, being one of the few exceptions. We've let ourselves rot so badly from within that no other country in the world trusts us or likes us anymore. My U.S. passport is an embarrassment, and because of it, I can't go to certain parts of the world or I'll be killed. Thanks, Uncle Sam. You're still that same asshole who after 9/11 told me to go shopping. Okay. You keep your freedom prize. I'm shopping for a new country.