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(USA Today)   USA Today's crack journalists discover that "corruption" is a problem in "politics." No suprise: They insist the media is our only hope. Big surprise: The U.S. is not on the list of "Most Corrupted Governments"   ( divider line
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305 clicks; posted to Politics » on 02 Aug 2006 at 11:33 AM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2006-08-02 10:35:20 AM  
The US shouldn't even make the farking list.

/expectations are so low
2006-08-02 10:39:07 AM  
The media have become such shills for the big bidness interests that own them to have lost almost any usefulness in reporting what is actually going on anywhere. Since the business giants who own them are out to get as many favors from the gummint as they can, the mainstream media pretty much sucks at telling us what's going on behind that curtain as well. The only way to stop the bloggers, of course, is to fark up the net, but is the military-industrial complex even competent to manage doing that?

/Get off my lawn
2006-08-02 11:00:23 AM  
If we talk about the actual number of dollars that cross hands for favors, America would probably be at the top of the list. However, we call it "lobbying" or "campaign contributions" and it doesn't usually directly result in massive deaths of our citizens so I'm glad they use other criteria.
2006-08-02 11:05:37 AM  
2006-08-02 11:24:43 AM  
Bribing our congressmen is perfectly legal now.
2006-08-02 11:32:56 AM  
What do you mean the US didn't make the list? They single out Georgia.

I know. Relax, I know.
2006-08-02 11:39:02 AM  
But Clinton?
2006-08-02 11:42:05 AM  
JerseyTim: What do you mean the US didn't make the list? They single out Georgia.

Please tell me you're kidding.
2006-08-02 11:59:25 AM  
JerseyTim: What do you mean the US didn't make the list? They single out Georgia.

I LOL'ed.
2006-08-02 12:04:43 PM  
JerseyTim: What do you mean the US didn't make the list? They single out Georgia.

How did NJ not make that list?

/I know they meant country of Georgia
2006-08-02 12:10:40 PM  
USA Today is now publishing under the name "Christian Science Monitor?"

And where you say "crack journalists," change it to two academics who conducted the study.
2006-08-02 12:12:56 PM  
Wait till Ric Romero gets wind of this.
2006-08-02 12:19:12 PM  
No suprise: They insist the media is our only hope.

"Yes, we, the established, traditional media, shall ever vigilantly serve as the public's watchdog and hold those in power accountable for their HEY, BUSH MADE A FUNNY IN HIS PRESS CONFERENCE! LET'S WRITE ABOUT HOW MUCH OF A REGULAR GUY HE IS, THEN LAUGH ABOUT IT OVER FILET MIGNON AT THE CAPITAL GRILLE!"
2006-08-02 12:30:45 PM  
Yeah it sucks that lobbyists have so much power, but comparing that to what politicians in these countries do is the equivalent of a Godwin.
2006-08-02 12:48:14 PM  
I haven't seen the list yet since it is only supposed to be released tomorrow if I understand the article right. I also understand that the list is published by "Freedom House" who are not only partially funded by the US government but also have had to endure the criticism of not being totally unbiased in their assesments in the past.

Acusations of being neoconservative have been leveled against them long before the term became a household word. Their views of what is free is at least sometimes a bit problematic.

That said it should be easy to find many countries more corrupt then the US. That is many countries where the corruprion is practiced out in the open as a part of the local culture. Some might argue that the corruption is just better hidden in creative accounting and semilegal tactics in the higher political offices in the US. Also if you just quantified by total amount of money that changed hands than the US would lead by a fair marging simply by being one of the richest countries in the world.
2006-08-02 12:56:35 PM  
The US is not on the list of "Most Corrupted Governments"

I wonder who you have to pay to get on that list?
2006-08-02 2:06:58 PM  
I think some of you are confusing "corruption" with "incompetence."
2006-08-02 2:13:53 PM  
FTA: ...powerholders effectively maintain a chokehold on the state institutions, [placing] a premium on private benefit for the ruling elite.

Private benefit for the ruling, America doesn't do anything like that. Except...

1. Tax cuts for the rich
2. Medicare drug prescription plans for the pharmaceutical and insurance industry
3. Energy policy written by the oil industry
4. Numerous wars and reconstruction contracts for the defense contractors and security companies
5. Weak Congressional ethics rules
6. Congressional earmarks (if this isn't private benefit for the ruling elite, I don't know what is)
7. DHS completely staffed by cronies, who then leave after 6 months to make $100,000+ in the private sector
2006-08-02 3:22:14 PM  
...underscoring the vital role that the press can play in exposing corruption and airing debates about how best to address it.

...and if the press has any corruption, who exposes that?
2006-08-02 4:33:03 PM  
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2006-08-02 4:59:53 PM  

Your Chart Fu is weak.

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2006-08-02 5:11:37 PM  
The US is not on the list of "Most Corrupted Governments"

If that's surprising to you then you are extremely ignorant about the rest of the world.
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