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Ministry of Deception: A Despot’s Dream

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There is no question that freedom previously protected by the Constitution and prosperity is in the hands of aloof representatives and the press.  Americans are discovering that what is being reported is not at important as what is not; for in the omissions hide the tempests.  The environment dilutes clarity, and creates the perfect air of confusion, distrust, and paves the way for a corrupt dishonest state to push forward with an agenda it would otherwise be disallowed. The realities behind the old Jewish proverb, “A half truth is a whole lie” is evident now more than ever. A compliant media that advocates government policy presents a threat to American freedom and safety just as any approaching army.  Preserving freedom requires diligent questioning by the public of the media coverage of government policy.

George Orwell illustrated the manipulation of the population through the media in his book “1984”.  The “Ministry of Truth” [i] was a branch of government that wrote the news to propel its propaganda, facilitate the party agenda, and control the people. The current similarities are frightening. Today, we see reports of the economy growing, production is up, job creation and support of an agenda that threatens liberty.  Unfortunately, despite the trumpeting, the people are not seeing the results of the alleged economic recovery in housing, jobs, or sentiment in the market.

In 1946 Supreme Court Justice Justice Felix Frankfurter stated, “Without a free press there can be no free society … Without a lively sense of responsibility a free press may readily become a powerful instrument of injustice.” (Penneckamp v. Florida). Faced with today’s issues, advocacy of bad policy could easily become the “instrument of injustice.” Spewing half-truths or talking-points seems to be par for the course anymore. A compliant press that advocates government policy presents a threat to liberty just as any approaching army.  Americans deserve a responsible press that will find the other half of the truth to protect against despotism. Why are they derelict? Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Tony Pfau

May 7, 2010 at 2:17 am

Posted in Op Ed