CONTROLLING, ALWAYS CONTROLLING

Just as with the White House (choose any or all administrations over the past two or three decades), politicians around the country are controlling information we receive as much, if not more, than governing.

Perhaps this is why President Obama said, “You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter.  With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.”  (emphasis added by BizarroWorldUSA)

“All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”  ObamaHampton University commencement address May 9, 2010

I swear I heard him saying, “I will feed you all the information you need to know and you need not verify it”.

George Orwell imaged “The Ministry of Truth” as the political information dissemination point in his book “1984”.  It was to be the only information source for the proles (masses).  Independent thoughts, not aligned with the Ministry of Truth, were considered thoughtcrimes and were punishable by death.

From NBCChicago – This week NBCChicago and Ward Room published details of the Emanuel Inauguration, which includes a plan to charge donors up to $50,000 for a premium seat at the swearing-in on May 16th.  While noting that there will be “free, open and accessible” events around the ceremony, our writers took him to task for being the first Chicago mayor to charge a fee of any sort for his inaugural.

The Emanuel team says that money will pay for the event and save the taxpayers.  

So the day after the “Mini White House Inaugural” was reported, the Emanuel team refused to notify NBC of rare one-on-one interviews allotted to our competitors.  The TV business is competitive, but typically, politicians and public figures who are involved with big events grant the same access to all-comers.

When we asked why we were left out of the mix, the Emanuel communications team implied they weren’t happy with the coverage of the VIP inauguration.  They didn’t challenge facts, but were upset with tone.  So they left us out.  

It’s an old game … kill the messenger not the message; cut off the access.

These recent citations accent why this country is so divided regarding politics.  Most people get their political news from one or very few sources that echo their own “inherent” viewpoints.  Many of those sources, controlled by the politicians, reflect only a single sided perspective.  Sharing beyond that scripted by the elite is cause to be excluded from any future opportunities.  If you don’t comply with the Ministry of Truth, your existence might be erased in the middle of the night.

Don’t let the government sell you something you don’t need or want, at any price.  Don’t become a victim of the oratory or the charisma.  Don’t allow yourself to be like sheep, led to shearing so many times that you’re accepting and comfortable being herded to slaughter.

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