Comment Of The Day: “The Other Shoe Drops: How Will The MSM Deny Twitter’s Viewpoint Censorship Now?”

Bill Wolf’s Comment of the Day is four days old, and yet in light of subsequent developments, like this, this, this and this, it seems as fresh as new-fallen snow….

Here is Bill’s self-described rant/analysis sparked by “The Other Shoe Drops: How Will The MSM Deny Twitter’s Viewpoint Censorship Now?”:


Okay. I acknowledge that this qualifies as a rant. However, rants can be cathartic.

The “Free Press” is failing us again or more accurately stated: continues to fail us. The US being the American people. “Democracy Dies in Darkness”. True, but who is casting that shroud of darkness upon the country?

Our Founding Fathers were aware of the might and necessity of the “power of the pen” as they set upon their task to form the country’s government. So much so that they felt it necessary to address it as a preeminent limitation of government’s power. But why did they feel so strongly of the need for a free press? Perhaps Thomas Paine said it best: “Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.”

In other words, while they accepted the need for government, they feared any form of it because of the power it held over the people it governed, and those with that level of power should never be trusted. They knew that for a society to remain free, that power must be held in constant check and believed that a free press was the best weapon a society could wield against the abomination into which any government can morph.

However, our press has abdicated that responsibility years ago. The profession designed to protect democracy; to speak truth to power, has become a threat to it. They have sheathed their protective pens, have abandoned the everlasting fight, and have willingly joined forces with the powerful of one particular political ideology to the extreme detriment of the society it was designed to serve. They now project a near united front to protect progressive ideology; failing time and time again to questions the motives, agendas and growing power of the only organization capable of destroying America … its own government. THEY have become the abomination.

The parallels to George Orwell’s 1984 are frightfully easy to make. Not due to any precognition on Orwell’s part, but simply because this is the inevitability of any society where its people become too lazy or too ignorant or too apathetic, and allows the press, designed to protect our freedoms in spite of ourselves, to be coopted by an all-powerful government. Time is running out before the parallels become the reality.

A free press is the best weapon a free society has to protect itself from an over-reaching government, but not the only weapon. It is just that a pen is a lot less bloody to wield than the alternatives. This is not a threat. It is an acknowledgement that a significant portion of America could be approaching a “Bite Me!” moment if we do not wake up, remove the shroud, and reestablish a truly Free Press.

7 thoughts on “Comment Of The Day: “The Other Shoe Drops: How Will The MSM Deny Twitter’s Viewpoint Censorship Now?”

  1. Well written Bill. We can heed your words by picking up the pen and unsheathing it. The propogandists have no monopoly on the trade. Only if we silence our own voices will they win the war of ideas.

  2. I have,long ago, concluded we have neither a free press nor a free market of either ideas or economics. We are a controlled people. Controlled by cartels and corporations. We the people do not matter. Persons of interest are pervasive and perpetuate their power because of the lack of free press or free market. I may be viewing the world through dark lens today because, I do not see a way out of the malicious machinations of the maladroit

  3. Jack, you stated: The parallels to George Orwell’s 1984 are frightfully easy to make.

    There is a reason for this, and that’s because the totalitarian left in this country sees 1984 not as novel but as a manual, a blueprint for the future.

  4. A few years back, I read an article that included the results of a poll asking journalism students why they chose that field. The most common response was some form of “I want to be able to show people the right way to think about issues”. This sounds sort of noble, at first glance, but with alarm bells starting to tinkle. It’s disturbingly like a position that could be the starting point on the totalitarian path to enforcing “correct ” thought, and suppressing wrongthink. Perhaps it took a critical mass of such aspiring students to get where we are now.

    Bernard Goldberg, in his book, Bias, years ago noted that not only is information controlled by HOW news is reported, but by WHAT news is reported, and what is not. We’ve certainly seen that on full display in the past few years. The advent of the technological “town square” helped facilitate it, but also contains the seeds needed to oppose it, if they can be seized and nurtured (Hello Fox News and Elon! [and you too, Jack]). It remains to be seen whether this will be enough, or if more drastic and horrible measures will eventually be required.

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