If the significance of the fact that a dystopian masterwork can now be purchased alongside a three-ton bag of cheese puffs instantly strikes you, it should.Strangely, though, Charles and the Post don’t seem to see it.
"... rather than strengthening established media institutions, banning fake news might very well undermine them in the eyes of the public. If alternative outlets are prosecuted or shut down, mainstream media risk being seen as unofficial propaganda tools of the powers that be. "
Last week a new phrase was introduced into our lexicon by Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway. When asked about why press secretary Sean Spicer had made statements that were (according to the press) unverifiable she said that he had used ‘alternative facts’.
In the 1940s, George Orwell wrote “during times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” This is our precise position today... "Marie Krarup, a member of the Danish Parliament contacted me to say that an EU task force has placed me on a list branding me as a pro-Russian propagandist (accusing me of spreading Russian disinformation)."
It seems that all ideas suspected of being "populist" - or simply those ideas without the blessing of the elites - will now be banned in Germany. As in communist dictatorships, the more obvious the failings of the government, the more aggressively the establishment attacks those who speak out about them.
For those tapping the fixed income markets, the borrowing bingefest is conspicuous in its constancy. Not only did global bond issuance top $6.6 trillion last year, a fresh record, sales are off to a galloping start thus far in January.
Under the cover of battling “fake news,” the mainstream U.S. news media and officialdom are taking aim at journalistic skepticism when it is directed at the pronouncements of the U.S. government and its allies.
The "war on terror" has simultaneously been a war on truth. For fifteen years, the governments of the so-called Western democracies have found it essential to align themselves firmly with lies in order to pursue their agendas. Now these Western governments are attempting to discredit the truthtellers who challenge their lies.