describes this latest turn of events where the Bush Administration hides facts that it does not want the public to see.
at the Washington Post reports that the government website that tracks world opinion from assorted media polls throughout the world has been taken off-line. This site has been available for public viewing since 1998. Not any longer.
has swallowed it up. They no longer want us to see exactly how the rest of the world views our war-criminal
. No big surprise there but it is kind of telling that the "Leader of the Free World" has to hide how that world views him and his flawed, failed and illegal policies.
World Opinion Roundup
Killing the Messenger?
by Jefferson Morely
Has the United States government decided that Americans don't care about what the world thinks of their country? You might get that impression from the State Department's Web site.
Last week the department stopped posting surveys of how the international press is covering significant developments in U.S. foreign policy. Based on reporting from U.S. embassies around the world, the surveys quoted newspaper and broadcast reports in just about every language.
No more. The Web address of the Office of Media Reaction --
-- now yields a "page not found" error. The archive of past surveys is also unavailable. The page states, "The USINFO website is undergoing significant design changes." There's a link to the surveys
from the main State Department press page, but it's dead.
The changes involve more than just the "design," according to a State Department official who spoke on the condition he not be identified.
"The USINFO.state.gov Web site is directed, by law, at foreign audiences. It doesn't make sense for us to put up what foreign newspapers are saying," he said.
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