CNN and Censorship

Does CNN have a censorship problem?  They have deleted comments related to Ron Paul.  This isn’t the first time they’ve indulged in some censorship.  While some of it ranges from the tepid but expected restriction of naughty words, some of their censorship is quite worrying:

CNN’s top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war. And, she says CNN “was intimidated” by the Bush administration and Fox News, which “put a climate of fear and self-censorship.”

In fact, CNN has gone so far as to keep news from its US market it deems fit for a global audience:

As noted by Brasscheck TV, CNN reported pollster John Zogby’s endorsement of the methodology resulting in the estimate of 650,000 Iraqi civilians killed due to the U.S. invasion and occupation. However, CNN did not present this report to its viewers in the U.S. — it was shown exclusively for the non-U.S. market in their International Report.

When a news organization to take such strident steps to keep information from the public, it raises serious questions about their integrity and their efficacy.  In April of 2007, CNN posted a story about internet censorship non-ironically:

More than a decade ago — as the Cold War ended and the technological revolution begun — many predicted that globalization would usher in a new era of freedom of expression across the planet.

This would occur not for reasons based on human rights or politics, but economics.

Do you think the economics of censorship play a role in CNN’s many decisions to restrict its reporting and online commentary?  Is it a net gain or a net loss for a media giant to censor its reporters and its audience?

But those predictions about a worldwide end to censorship? Never happened.

In fact, Internet censorship is picking up steam around the world.

Thanks in no small part to large media companies like CNN.

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3 Responses

  1. Ron Paul has been a vigorous critic of AIPAC so I’m not remotely surprised that CNN — a wholly owned subsidiary of the AIPAC crowd, would make a decision to censor his comments.

  2. The Ron Paul censorship looks like the latest in a long line. What is truly interesting is an article, in close proximity, bemoaning censorship put out by CNN.

    CNN talking about censorship is like Bush talking about civil rights violations.

  3. […] July 17th, 2007 Up until this point I was still watching Paul with great interest.  After all, you don’t really see a politician saying such wonderful things about freedom and transparent government out loud in public.  He and his supporters were also quite sympathetic figures given his treatment in the media. […]

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