It's bad enough that the Obama administration joined the United Nations' Human Rights Council of world reprobates. For this privilege, must the U.S. also affix a sign to its back that says, "Kick us"?In doing so they leave out some important information, hoping (I guess) that their readers will assume they're getting the whole picture.
As a member, the U.S. is required to file a "periodic review," which gives China, Cuba and other "peers" ammunition to slam America's record on rights. And while these cretins freely fabricate their own rights assessments, the U.S. report invites criticism.
Of course, the review gushes about the Obama administration (it's mentioned 20 times in 25 pages, according to The Heritage Foundation). And it includes liberaled-up apologies for America's shortcomings.
From The Trib. As it quotes the Heritage Foundation, while conveniently omitting the huge steaming piles of money funneled to it from the Scaife Foundations.
What's also omitted is the fact that all UN member states (not just the Human Rights Council) have to submit the report. How do I know this? The UN says so:
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. [emphasis added.]Took me all of 30 seconds to find this. Why couldn't The Trib do the same? Perhaps they didn't want to disagree with the millions of dollars of money Scaife's given to the Heritage Foundation over the years. I dunno.
Second part that's omitted (and this is the big spin from the Trib). The reports submitted are not the final say. From the UN:
The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) information provided by the State under review, which can take the form of a “national report”; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information from other stakeholders including non-governmental organizations and national human rights institutions.How does this gibe with how the Trib describes the process? Here's The Trib:
Compare this with China's assessment that its citizens "enjoy freedom of speech" and "democratic" elections. Or Cuba's guarantees of "freedom of opinion, expression and the press." All of which pass U.N. scrutiny.It's that last sentence that's the tell. Issuing the report is just the first step. The Council then meets to discuss all the information collected, not just that country's report.
The Trib is spinning you.
Not that that's a surprise.