The Specter of the MSM
So, if you’ve been conscious during the past three years you’ve been witness to the crystallization of Orwell’s most absurd but unfortunately most accurate prophecy, the one involving the Ministry of Truth, the black hole into which truth goes to die in Orwell’s 1984 and emerges as a ghost in inverse format, i.e., the diametric opposite of truth. Turns out that a government ministry is not required although government intelligence and “justice” (in this case an obvious oxymoron but oxymorons have become the rule) agencies play critical ancillary roles. What was once perceived as journalism has usurped that role.
The most blatant recent cases in point, at least as perceived by this author involve the morphing of:
- The DNC Clinton 2016 scandals into Russiagate (someone kill the messengers, please);
- The democratic decision in the United Kingdom to escape from the European Union into saving parliamentary democracy by rejecting the results of the Brexit Referendum (a variant on “forgive them for they knew not what they did”); and now
- Suggesting to a foreign government that they reinitiated quashed investigations into Biden-Clinton-Obama corruption in the Ukraine and incidentally, related meddling in the United States’ 2016 presidential elections into “Trump abuses foreign relations for partisan political purposes and therefore needs to be immediately impeached” (related colloquy among pots and kettles: “You’re black! No, … you’re black!!” With whispers among the peanut gallery of “Isn’t that racist? Probably misogynistic too!”).
Yep, disclosing scandals and corruption is what’s evil, heaven forbid prosecuting them! The scandals and corruption and especially those responsible are the victims who require our protection, preferably at the polls in the next elections, and the ones after those, and the ones after those and so on and so on and so on. Take, for example this article by Lisa Lerer and Reid J. Epstein from the “Old Grey Lady” (how horribly politically incorrect, perhaps the “Ageless Monochrome Personality” would be better): “Ukraine and Whistle-Blower Issues Emerge as Major Flashpoints in Presidential Race”; it appeared in the New York Times on September 22, 2019. A contrasting article from a foreign source regularly brutalized and ostracized by the so called “mainstream” media is probably worth at least looking into for purposes of comparing apparent objectivity, see “‘Ask the right question!’ Biden says there’s ‘nothing’ to Ukraine scheme involving son as he brands Trump ‘SERIAL ABUSER’ of power” by Mark Makela of RT News also published on September 22, 2019.
Poor Joe Biden!!!! Imagine the nation’s current chief executive daring to open a Pandora’s Box that might provide the public with information relevant to the next presidential election!! Has nothing been learned from the release of accurate information concerning the DNC and Hillary Clinton just three short years ago, the horrible polarization and political turmoil it caused, how it paralyzed the poor defenseless United States Congress and alleged “Deep State” (have to use “alleged” given the reality that despite overwhelming evidence, no binding judicial decision on point has yet been arrived at, nor is one ever likely to be arrived at). So what if he threatened, on behalf of the United States government, to withhold one billion dollars in aid unless a prosecutor investigating corruption with which his son Hunter might have been involved was fired. So what if he also apparently got investigations into Ukrainian interactions on behalf of the Clinton campaign attacking Trump campaign chairman Manafort “disappeared”. Isn’t that what any loyal dad and any loyal Democrat with access to public power would do? Be honest, wouldn’t you?
Sooo, how to explain the foregoing to a layperson not capable of grasping the intricate behaviorist inspired nuances. Hmmm, well, blame it on quantum mechanics, yeah, that’s it!! Nothing is absolute, everything is not only possible but more than probable, concurrently; it all depends on the observer! There is no truth in an absolute sense regardless of what your own lying eyes and ears tell, or your totally unreliable memory. Luckily for you, the pseudo-quasi-journalists of the purportedly “mainstream” media are here to provide truths of the instant utterly unconnected to past or future variety, the micro and the macro combined into a Unified Field Theory of Creative Information as Truth. A brilliant work of art, one worthy of all the Pulitzer prizes awarded and received.
Now isn’t that liberating? No need to think on your own. No need to waste brain power on current events or history, saving it for more useful pursuits such as videogames and reality television shows.
As the allegedly Wicked Witch of the East (or was it the West) may or may not have said in one of the first color movies (at least in part, … possibly), once upon a time, or perhaps not: “What a world, what a world, … [shrieeeeeeek]!
© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2019; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.
Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation and linguistic studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.