WorldViews: Is U.S. press freedom really ‘plummeting’? Not if you look at the data.

By Max Fisher, February 12, 2014

This year's global press freedom ranking, released annually by the international NGO Reporters Without Borders, appears to show something alarming: The U.S. has dropped in the rankings from the world's 32nd most free for media to only 46th. The drop in rankings has attracted significant media attention here in the U.S., helped along by a Reporters Without Borders campaign alerting, "U.S. plummets in global press freedom rankings." Campaign director Josh Stearns wrote at the Huffington Post that the ranking change reflected "a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013."

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