U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011

No, really. Here’s the press release. The entire government, and the attached media machine, is practically foaming at the mouth over WikiLeaks, which has only published 960 of 250,000 cables and those that were published were vetted by newspapers first (and, mind, no one made this much fuss over the Afghanistan war documents last year), but has the audacity has to claim this:

The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information.

Oh, my. If I had to bold or italicize anything to point out the various layers of irony in those few sentences alone, it would be just too easy.

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