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March 26, 2014

Relative Vantage of the Day: FLOTUS at The Great Wall


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Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University, said that when U.S. presidents or first ladies travel abroad “they bring a demonstration of what a free press means with them.”

“If there’s no press, that’s a demonstration,” he said. “If there’s a lively press that gets what it needs, that’s a demonstration. . . .What happens says something about what is the American concept of a free press.”

— via In China, as Michelle Obama lauds press freedoms, questions arise about media access (WAPO)

(photo 1: Amanda Lucidon/White House caption: First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, right, visit the Great Wall of China, March 23, 2014. .photo 2: Andy Wong/AP caption: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama walks with her daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, left, as they visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing Sunday, March 23, 2014.)

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