11 Dec 2010

Hillary Has a Sense of Humor

Big Brother, Humor 3 Comments

(BTW, I only call her “Hillary” because “Clinton” would be ambiguous.)

Glenn Greenwald linked to this State Department press release. This is simply hilarious. I don’t know what would bother me more: (a) the people who wrote this didn’t see why it was funny, or (b) the people who wrote this understood full well that it was funny.

Anyway, for your amusement, the opening paragraphs:

Press Statement
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
December 7, 2010

The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 – May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press.

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. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age.

3 Responses to “Hillary Has a Sense of Humor”

  1. RG says:

    I’m certain Julian Assange breathed a heavy sigh of relief when he read this.

  2. Bob Roddis says:

    I would say that the entire US political elite has been Clintonized, even more than it ever was.

  3. Roger Ritthaler says:

    It was downhill from selecting the wrong Russian word for the English word “reset”.