The Wednesday Read: Flynn, Reporters, and China

Journalism is what we need to make democracy work. – Walter Cronkite

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Michael Flynn
  • Be Kind to Reporters
  • China’s Social Credit System

Michael Flynn:

The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing announced that former national security adviser Michael Flynn would be campaigning for him in Billings on May 6.

Yes, that Michael Flynn.

The Associated Press picked up the story and reported it this way:

Trump fired Flynn in February 2017 after White House officials said he misled them about his Russian contacts. The former general is one of 19 people to be charged in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating with the investigation.

That one charge was a felony.

Since Downing is tapping people to campaign for him who are being investigated by Robert Mueller, I wonder if he has invited Paul Manafort to come to Montana.

Be Kind to Reporters:

I happened to catch a report from Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The 2018 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), reflects growing animosity towards journalists. Hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and the efforts of authoritarian regimes to export their vision of journalism pose a threat to democracies.

Yes, President Donald J. Trump is mentioned in the story:

The United States, the country of the First Amendment, has fallen again in the Index under Donald Trump, this time two places to 45th. A media-bashing enthusiast, Trump has referred to reporters “enemies of the people,” the term once used by Joseph Stalin.

You can read the full report HERE – and the Associated Press story HERE.

Be kind to reporters!

China’s Social Credit System:

This is interesting and scary…

CBS Evening News reported that in some of China’s largest cities, a high-tech effort is underway to bust low-level offenders like jaywalkers. Cameras record them going through intersections, zero in on their face and publicly shame them on nearby video screens. It’s all part of the Chinese government’s new social credit system where people’s daily behavior is monitored and rated.

According to CBS News, China’s version factors in everything from jaywalking, to smoking on trains, to buying too many video games. If your score gets too low, you can be banned from buying plane tickets, renting a house or getting a loan.

One man said that his low score prevented him from sending his child to a private school.

Read the whole story HERE.

Big brother is watching us!



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