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What bothers me about the cry of "censorship" is that there is a big, big difference between a government that actively prevents people from finding out what is going on, like in North Korea and China, and a news media that responds to its readers by giving them what they want--even if what they want is trash.
Here in the U.S. the information is available, but we're just too disinterested, or lazy, to care about it. That's not censorship.
i don't mind. of COURSE there's a big big difference, but who is going to fight the encroachment of Big Brother? Who is going to even notice it? It is subtle.
Now the woman who said "Sure, there's censorship of the news in America," she's Irish. Michael in the kitchen he's Irish too. The whole country is full of Irish. And the consensus opinion here is that news is censored in America, but that you're not allowed to say it, and you wouldn't be able to prove it.
Anytime you're not allowed to say something, that's censorship. These people are saying there are certain stories you're not allowed to report. That's their understanding.
There's three people here. One the Irish woman, two there's me, and three an Italian woman. Now our consensus opinion is that there is censorship, or management to make sure things don't get said or reported, in America. That's what we seem to be saying.
That it is not as bad as somewhere else doesn't make it not so.
I grew up in freedom. It was a condition I enjoyed. I know what it was like, and what it is like now.
Freedom is a fight. A constant fight. Taking risks and taking the heat. Complacency gives the powers that be license to encroach even more.
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