In the opening minutes of the 2012 HBO series “The Newsroom,” Jeff Daniels plays a moderate republican who is anchor and managing editor of “News Night.” On a panel, he is asked “What makes America the Greatest Country in the World.” He starts with a politically correct response about freedom, and then, to th e shock of the audience, he says: “It’s not.” It is not, he says, the greatest country in the world and he gives some reasons.

Was this fictional news anchor correct? Are his claims and statistics still true today? How does the US compare? The United…

Mirah Riben

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