Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Ministry of Truth is in full swing

posted by The Vidiot @ 8:20 AM Permalink

Go back and read the bit in Orwell's 1984 that describes the guy's job at the Ministry of Truth. Whenever someone fell into disfavor with the the Powers that Be, the employees in the Ministry had to go back and erase the person's name from everything in which he had ever been mentioned; every magazine article, news article, broadcast, everything. Think that's just crazy? Well, think again.
Excerpt: "On April 30, a couple days after Tobias's stunning resignation, we got this e-mail from Steve Tupper, a senior official in AID's bureau of legislative and public affairs," Kamen notes.

"As you go about your daily activities on behalf of your Bureau or Office, please be alert to the need to remove all picture and statements from Ambassador Tobias in light of his resignation dated as of April 27, 2007," Tupper orders in the note. The instructions include deleting references to Tobias in "Websites, reception room walls, printed publications, brochures, PowerPoints, newsletters, etc."
And we all thought Orwell had gone too far with it.


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At 11:42 AM, Blogger Toast said...

Wow. Every time I think my capacity to be shocked has been exhausted, I am proven wrong.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

Me too. And I'm pretty damn cynical.


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