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Guest Viewpoint: Watching the news change

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 8th, 2017

John watched the news for 50 years. It used to be interesting he thought. Floods, space travel, war and crime. But now it’s purely political. Everything is political.

Even the floods, space travel, war and crime. Floods are caused by global warming because Republicans are greedy. Space travel has been replaced by Obama for Muslim outreach programs. Crime is caused either by corrupt Democrats stealing the money allocated to the police or because Republicans are racist. War is good or bad depending on the polls rather than the facts.

John misses the pure ingredient of raw news and liked to think for himself. Now he is told what to think.

John sees a PSA commercial about Black History Month about how our colonial ancestors kept slaves. John is not prejudice or racist. John thinks about Melissa, the woman with whom he had an affair with, and how he painfully confessed to his wife about it.

“Maybe I should apologize every September of every year to my wife about my affair and tell her “I’m sorry,” he ponders. But then he remembers the hurt in her eyes and his own swollen eyes after she punched him repeatedly. “Not a good idea,” he thinks. Why do we bring up old wounds and rip the Band Aid off a scab every year with Black History Month?

“Will others think he is racist for even having this thought,” John wonders.

In George Orwell’s classic book 1984, “Thought Crime” was a way the government could brand you as a subversive against the state. Now it’s used by the public to brand you as a racist, sexist, homophobe and Islamophobe for even thinking.

And speaking of 1984, Orwell talked about “News Speak” and “Double think.”

For the complete article see the 03-08-2017 issue.

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