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On the same day that the US coerces the British government to arrest and imprison Julian Assange without bail for a trumped up charge, the State Department issues this press statement: U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011
“How is it that a team of five people has managed to release to the public more suppressed information, at that level, than the rest of the world press combined?”
Updated on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 4:40PM by Patrick Edmonds
For the past six to eight months, acclaimed journalist and writer, Buzz Bissinger, has been on an intense warpath against all things Philadelphia. From our Mayor to our police to our Public School Superintendent, and now many of our athletes, philly-bred entrepreneurs and politicians, and even its very own citizens, Bissinger has decided to chide, rebuke, denigrate, and outright belittle and mock anything and everything Philadelphia. Now, it’s not to say that some of his perspectives aren’t accurate, but who does this New York City native think he is moving to our fine city, working for our mediocre paper for a few years, departing for greener pastures and a larger audience, only to decide to permit us humble readers the privilege of reading his monthly invectives that serve only to promote his new book and maybe sell a few more papers?
This probably would not have caught my attention were it not for a thematically similar memo recently passed along at institutes of higher learning. I had never before thought before about the commonalities between journalism and education, but I now see that there are many. Both fields tend to draw from the same reservoir of talent- people who are idealistic, unusually perceptive, curious, and prone to judgment. Rarely will one find a teacher or journalist who is short for ideas, or without an active philosophy on living. And now, to an alarming extent, the powers that be within these fields are bent on quieting the voices that teachers and journalists are so inclined towards expressing.