Welcome to 1984

896BBA2F-2D65-4186-92DF-DAFC5EA76EA3Fox News host Laura Ingraham is at it again. The last time we heard the twisted “wisdom” of Ms. Ingraham, as I noted here, was a few weeks back when she lamented that, “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like.”

Well, Ms. Ingraham is back at it again. Only this time, she wants to turn America into China, where the state controls what its citizens can see and read on the internet by strictly controlling social media.

Ingraham suggested on her Friday night Fox News show that the American government should take over private social media networks so that they can be regulated.

“There’s a thought that, given the enormity of these corporations [Facebook and Twitter], and this is a public square today. This is the equivalent of what we used to see in the old town square was people with a bull horn. And so could there be a movement to treat them more like public utilities, so they have some quasi-government oversight of these entities?”

Ingraham claims that the tech industry is controlled by “intolerant” liberals on the West Coast. “The west coast,” she said, “otherwise known as the ‘left coast,’ is overwhelmingly left wing, overwhelmingly probably voted for Hillary. They say, this is just an algorithm.”

So Laura Ingraham wants the government to run Facebook and Twitter so that they won’t be biased against conservatives and Donald Trump.

And this follows the path set by her Dear Leader who, earlier this week, as I pointed out here, railed against how how searches for Donald Trump on Google always show negative news about him. So Trump directed Larry Kudlow, his Director of the National Economic Council and his chief economic adviser, to “take a look” at whether Google and its search engine should be regulated by the government.

So look out, America. Donald Trump and Laura Ingraham want to turn Facebook, Twitter, and Google into Fox News and to turn American media into a propaganda machine like those in China, Russia, North Korea, and other autocracies where the government controls what you see, hear, and read.

Welcome to 1984.

One-Liner Wednesday — Don’t Shoot the Messenger

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“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

If you haven’t read George Orwell’s book, 1984, in a long, long time — or if you’ve never read it — now is the time to do so. It’s particularly relevant these days when alternative facts (aka, lies) are being presented as valid options for actual facts (aka, the truth) and when real news is called fake and fake news is called real.

When the message offers you the truth, don’t shoot the messenger.


This post is part of the One-Liner Wedesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Alternative Facts

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Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is lying to America. On multiple Sunday morning news shows a few weeks ago, the EPA chief was telling anyone who would listen that the coal industry in the US has grown by more than 50,000 jobs during the first quarter of 2017.

Unfortunately, that is total bullshit. The US Mine Health and Safety Administration reported that the average number of coal industry jobs increased by fewer than 600 during the first three months of 2017.

Hmm. More than 50,000 versus fewer than 600. The figures quoted by Pruitt must have come directly from the Trump administration’s Ministry of Truth.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently only 51,000 jobs in the entire coal mining industry. And of those 51,000 jobs, only around 15,000 are actually working in the mines.

Simple Arithmetic

But wait. If there are currently only 51,000 total mine industry workers and, as Pruitt claims, there were more than 50,000 new mine industry jobs in the first quarter of this year alone, that would mean — wait, let me do the math — that would mean there could have been only 1,000 coal mining industry jobs in existence at the end of last year. Simple arithmetic, right?

Meanwhile, slate.com noted that there are 69,000 bowling industry workers in the US. That’s 18,000 more than coal industry workers. There are 20,000 professional dancers in this country, while there are only 15,000 actual coal miners. There are more drywall installers, more event planners, more zoologist, and more skin care specialists than there are miners.

So why is Pruitt lying to the American public? Why is Trump putting so much emphasis on saving a relatively small and dying industry?

The question is who benefits? Follow the money people. Follow the money.