Once upon a time, I looked forward to reading Charles Krauthammer on Friday. Whilst the Washington Post was decidedly liberal and blurred the line between news and opinion, at least it offered readers a few conservative writers.
No more. Under the ownership of Jeff Bezos, the newspaper is in a constant state of foaming against Trump. There is not one writer on its staff who is openly for Trump. That is absurd.
Let us review recent headlines in the Washington Post:
Donald Trump is the GOP’s chemotheraphy
GOP nominates dangerously insane person to lead America, then panics
It’s beyond debate that Donald Trump is unfit to be president
This is not opinion. It is character assassination, as is calling a newspaper a rabid dog.
Whilst I must defend the Washington Post's right to publish its lies, I no longer consider it to be a journalistic enterprise, because it is not. It is a house organ for the federal government and the lobbyists who run it.
“...and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”
Sadly, we now have the former, as what passes for newspapers today is merely propaganda for the central government.
“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
― Theodore Dalrymple
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