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NBC Newspeak and Brian Williams

Written By | Feb 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2015 — NBC News President Deborah Turness issued a statement announcing the suspension of her network’s Nightly News reader Brian Williams for “misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003.”

“Misrepresenting” is Orwellian Newspeak for lying. “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?” says Syme, Winston Smith’s co-worker and dictionary developer at the Ministry of Truth.

In Orwells novel 1984, Syme’s job is to eliminate rather than add words to the 11th edition of the totalitarian state’s official dictionary. “Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year?” says Syme.

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end, we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.”

According to NBC’s news president, the network’s opinion molders had “concerns about comments that occurred outside NBC News while Brian was talking about his experiences in the field.”

That is to say, Williams’ deceitful yarn about coming under enemy fire while in Iraq was proprietary to the broadcast studio and not meant for dissemination off site.

“Because of you,” Turness told her network’s propagandists, “your loyalty, your dedication, NBC News is an organization we can – and should – all be proud of. We will get through this together.”

You see, questioning the credibility of America’s self-appointed network Ministries of Truth leads to consternation and spontaneous group hugs among its shaken, tall-tale disseminators.

Steve Burke, CEO of NBC Universal, said, “I know Brian loves his country, NBC News and his colleagues. He deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him.”

That makes it sound as if Williams is suffering from a disease. A malady that causes a burning hatred for one’s country, workplace and people.

As Steve Burke inadvertently admits, the mainstream media sees itself as separate and apart from their country and its people.

Williams’ proclivity for lying in the service of the media’s predominant, left-leaning ideology was liberally employed to embellish his war zone exploits to absurdly heroic proportions.

Williams’ real sin was in jostling an unthinking public to, well, think.

“Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think,” observes Syme in 1984, “Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

“One of these days, thought Winston with sudden deep conviction, Syme will be vaporized. He is too intelligent. He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly. The party does not like such people. One day he will disappear. It is written in his face.”

Lucky for Williams, America has not yet descended to that level of totalitarian depravity. For now, he gets a six month leave without pay.

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Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.