May 24, 2012

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Another Week That Reeked at ‘The Administration’s Press”) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Saturday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

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My suggested sub-headline was “a growing case of “thin-skin syndrome,” which references last week’s BizzyBlog comment by an AP media relations person and my response to it.

PJM, as is their perogative, went with:

“Home construction is near a three-year high,” according to AP. So is the chocolate ration in Oceania.

Since that’s an Orwell reference from 1984, I’ll relay the related passage (bolds are mine) about how Winston Smith engaged in rewriting history:

As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a ‘categorical pledge’ were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April.

As soon as Winston had dealt with each of the messages, he clipped his speakwritten corrections to the appropriate copy of The Times and pushed them into the pneumatic tube. Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconscious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames.

What happened in the unseen labyrinth to which the pneumatic tubes led, he did not know in detail, but he did know in general terms. As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of The Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs — to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date.

Nice literary allusion by the guys at PJM.

Too bad for the AP that, unlike Winston Smith, it can’t change the underlying home construction data which exposes how utterly false reporter Chris Rugaber’s claim that “Home construction is near a three-year high” really was — and still is.

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1 Comment

  1. I know it’s not the subject of the piece, but you can insert any gov’t entity program and get just about the same Room 101 treatment out of it. We’re reducing spending, cutting $2 trillion from the deficit, “saving or creating” jobs, lowering unemployment, keeping people in their homes, making healthcare affordable etc. ad nauseum. I can see a woman on my TV tell me what to eat, that there are food deserts and that I need to exercise. I’m pretty sure we had 8 years of hate, versus the 2 minute variety, when W was president. I see the posters and flags with our leader’s face on them, and now we have drones watching us from above, and our cell phones from below. I’m not quite sure what year it is.

    Comment by Jeff — May 24, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

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