When I was a boy I watched the first real-time transatlantic TV broadcast, as did Jack Kennedy, I later learned. His response was prescient: "How are we gonna control the news if this keeps happening?”.

As to out-China-ing China, never.

Like Singapore, China has a constitutional mandate to control misinformation. Its censorship is run by leading intellectuals who must follow the published regulations and explain their decisions when challenged.

That is only possible in a democracy, and the US is not a democracy, nor has it ever been.

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