The more we learn about the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 the more suspicious it sounds. A bipartisan bill — Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act — sponsored by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) sounds more than vaguely Orwellian. This too slick Press Release by Sen. Portman raises more questions than it answers, as it extols outgoing president Barack Obama signing this just prior to embarking on his Hawaiian Christmas vacation.
And following Obama’s signing of NDAA on Friday evening, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is now law.
And so, with the likes of WaPo having already primed the general public to equate “Russian Propaganda” with “fake news” (despite admitting after the fact their own report was essentially “fake“), while the US media has indoctrinated the public to assume that any information which is not in compliance with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also “fake news” and thus falls under the “Russian propaganda” umbrella, the scene is now set for the US government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the government deems to be “foreign propaganda.”
Quick as a wink, the US Ministry of Truth is officially born.
In 2013 Seeing Red AZ wrote about Winston Smith, the protagonist in George Orwell’s best seller “1984.” Smith was employed as a clerk in the government’s Ministry of Truth Records Department. His job was to rewrite historical documents to align with the constantly changing current political deception. Newspeak, a reduced language, became the tool to limit free thought and concepts posing a threat to the totalitarian regime. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct was classified as “thought crime,” “crime think,” or “doublethink.”
Smith’s work included manipulating facts, revising newspaper articles and doctoring photographs to remove “unpersons,” the term used to describe people who had fallen out of favor with the party. We conservatives are “unpersons” to the MSM liberals. But we still have a voice. We need to continue to use it.
When his book was published in 1949, Orwell wrote, “By 2050 — earlier, probably — all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared.” He turned out to be a reliable prophet.
H/T Commenter Conservative Since Birth