FROM Floyd Abrams
Is Press Freedom 'Plummeting' in US? Reporters Without Borders is an international NGO that rates 180 countries on press freedom. Its latest report has Finland, the Netherlands and Norway at the top of the list, with Turkmenistan North Korea and Eritrea at the bottom. The US is said to have suffered a "significant decline," having dropped 13 points since last year when it comes to press freedom. It's now reportedly standing at 46th out of 180, between Romania and Haiti. First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams has defended Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers and prevailed over the Nixon Administration. His books include Friend of the Court and Speaking Freely , and he's been a professor at the law schools of Yale and Columbia.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?