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11/12/2022 “Fake News”   Leave a comment

In recent months the term “Fake News” has become popular. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but “Fake News” has been around for a very long time. The younger generations think that they’ve discovered some outrageous political trick that never existed before they discovered it. As an example, many years ago my son (aged 13) came rushing to me all excited. He told me to sit down and listen to this great song. He told me it was being used on a TV commercial and it was the best song he ever heard. I sat down and he played it for me, and I just started grinning. The song he discovered was at that time already a golden oldie, it was the Righteous Brothers singing Unchained Melody. He was sure it was some group from his generation. “Fake News” is a new term, but it has always meant the same thing: lying, misrepresenting, and double speak. George Orwell has been proven right once again. Here are a few samples of so called “Fake News” from the past.

2003: President George W. Bush for his creative use of language in public statements regarding the reasons the United States needed to pursue war against Iraq.

2002: New York State Board of Regents for its politically correct and silent editing of state tests.

2000: The tobacco industry for its media blitz portraying tobacco companies as the benefactors of children, abused women and disaster victims. That is abusive language in pursuit of their right to sell a deadly drug.

1991: Department of Defense for obfuscation and jargon in euphemisms during the first Gulf War.

1990: President George Bush on wetlands, the Panama invasion, Tiananmen Square and the “No New Taxes” pledge.

1989: The Exxon Corporation for the “Exxon Valdez” oil spill obfuscation.

1985: The CIA for the Psychological Warfare Manual prepared for the Nicaraguan war.

1979: The nuclear power industry for its euphemisms and jargon during the 3-Mile Island accident.

1977: The Pentagon and the Energy Department for language cover-up of the neutron bomb development.

1975: Colonel David Opfer, USAF press officer in Cambodia for saying to reporters, after a raid, “You always write its bombing, bombing, bombing. It’s not bombing! It’s air support!



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