George Orwell Observed Multinational Control Of Media

It may seem like multinational control of the media is a new thing, but consider what George Orwell observed first hand:

Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie. I saw great battles reported where there had been no fighting, and complete silence where hundreds of men had been killed. I saw troops who had fought bravely denounced as cowards and traitors, and others who had never seen a shot fired hailed as the heroes of imaginary victories; and I saw newspapers in London retailing these lies and eager intellectuals building emotional superstructures over events that had never happened. I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines’.

–“Looking Back on the Spanish War,” 1943. George Orwell

Watch how closely George Orwell’s experience parallels my experience with the media and the Tea Parties:

Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but regarding the Tea Parties, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie. I saw great acts of racism and violence reported where there had been none, and complete silence where hundreds of men had acted with nobility. I saw grassroots leaders who created the Tea Parties ignored, and others who had no hand in their creation hailed as their creators; and I saw newspapers in other cities and other countries retailing these lies and eager intellectuals building emotional superstructures over events that had never happened. I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines’.

This goes beyond the media’s usual dishonest bias, double standards, and hypocrisy, such as when the NYT recently doubled down on racism and bias.

People on the ground reported similar experiences with how the media covered Trump rallies vs. Hillary rallies in 2016, and who is more credible in this case—these ordinary folk on the ground—or the establishment experts?

I’ll bet many readers have at least one such first-hand experience of their own.

Jim
 

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