Letter: Orwell didn’t see AP coming

As has already been asked on this page, has the novel 1984 and its concern about totalitarianism, or dictatorial control, arrived? I think it has, and its name is the Associated Press.

 

While author George Orwell was railing against fascist Nazi Germany and communist Russia in 1949, those two forces have disappeared. However, they’ve been replaced by AP, which, as a monopoly – because of its dominance in reporting news and sports – puts it in a position to write stories any way it wants, which is toward socialism.

George Orwell was “against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism” says litcharts.com, which does not allow private ownership or free enterprise because of its inability to solve “social inequities,” says Wikipedia.com.

If you look at AP political stories, they all point to that result: democratic socialism. Substitute “AP” for “The Party” and you have 1984, as in, “The Party (AP) controls every source of information, managing and rewriting the content of all newspapers and histories for its own ends.”

For AP this would include erasing past truth, because it wrote Nov. 11, 2016, “Trump (the Republican non-socialist enemy of AP) spent years perpetuating the lie that Obama was born outside the United States.”

First of all, that wasn’t a lie, and second, AP has no right disrespecting democracy and its newly chosen leader. But if AP is not a dictator, why didn’t somebody speak out, especially since AP disproved itself with its own story of June 27, 2004, in the Kenyan Standard which said, “Kenyan-born Obama all set for U.S. Senate.”

This truth could have stopped him from running, or cost him the election, but AP decided to “rewrite…history.”

AP is not communism or Nazism like Orwell was worried about, but with its 200 million daily U.S. readers, it is totalitarian, or “a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state.”

AP has centralized control of the “political truth” which no newspaper or reader can question. This leaves one source, a dictator, to determine if democracy is replaced by socialism.

Tom Hunter

Augusta

 

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