The U.S. Media's Hypocrisy with the World's Largest Jailer of Journalists
U.S. media articles over the past week have highlighted a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on the jailing of journalists worldwide.
Among their findings is the fact that NATO "ally" Turkey, governed by autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdogan, remains the world's largest jailer of journalists.
Some critics have complained that CPJ actually low-balls the number of jailed journalists.
For instance, instead of the 68 reporters jailed in Turkey claimed by CPJ, the Stockholm Center for Freedom records 242 journalists and media workers who have been convicted or are awaiting trial in Erdogan's jails:
As I noted here at PJ Media back in September, one regular feature of the U.S. media's coverage is that many major news outlets that editorialize on Erdogan's abuses do so as they open their editorial pages to him.
Take, for example, the New York Times' editorial board complaining about Erdogan's ever-increasing authoritarianism that came out in August at the same time as they opened their opinion page to him:
It's worth noting that it wasn't long ago that the Gray Lady was promoting Erdogan's regime as a model democracy:
The American media were tripping over themselves to push every laughable leak from Erdogan's regime — nearly all of which were later debunked — following the killing of (sometime) Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The Post, somewhat to their credit, allowed criticism of Erdogan's feigned concern for freedom of the press.
They also have called out his rampant abuses:
But just like the New York Times, the Washington Post also opens their opinion pages to Turkey's dictator: