February 21, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 44

Obama is taking a page from ‘1984’ with media talking points

In his famous novel “1984,” George Orwell warned that it doesn’t take a military boot against your neck to oppress you. Government can do it by using talking points — what Orwell called “newspeak” — to hide truth, distort language and keep the public in the dark. Orwell cautioned that this manipulation poses the biggest threat to freedom, whether the government doing the manipulating is right wing or left wing.

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President Obama seems to be taking a page from “1984.” The novel’s main character is a young bureaucrat living in a fictional totalitarian country and working in...

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