A few examples on how "misperceptions" arise

In FPIF Policy Report March 2003, the Editor commented that The Green Party, which opposed the war, was not given the opportunity by the networks to respond to President George W. Bush's address to the nation on Monday, March 17, 2003:

Disfavouring a presidental candidate:

October 21, 2003; White House Bans Media Coverage of Killed U.S. Soldiers: and .

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) worldwide index of press freedom published it's second world press freedom ranking on October 20, 2003.

The United States and Israel were singled out for actions beyond their borders. To compile this ranking, Reporters Without Borders asked journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists to fill out a questionnaire evaluating the whole range of press freedom violations (such as murders or arrests of journalists, censorship, pressure, state monopolies in various fields, punishment of press law offenses and regulation of the media). A total of 166 countries are included in the ranking (as against 139 last year). Among the results are Finland on the first place, Sweden on the ninth, U.S. on U.S. territory on thirty-first, U.S. on occupied territory on 135'th place (of 166 countries).

Last years [year 2002] ranking:

This years [year 2003] ranking:

More examples of how U.S. media is censored -- and elections possibly rigged -- can be studied here:

Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press


Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) 2003 worldwide report ``The Internet Under Surveillance'':  (October 20, 2003)

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