Tag Archives: George Orwell

Today’s Quotes: On the Sinking Middle-Class

“We of the sinking middle-class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we [will then] have nothing to lose.”
— George Orwell

“In a boat at sea one of the men began to bore a hole in the bottom of the boat. On remonstration by the other sailors, he answered, ‘I am only boring under my own seat.’ ‘Yes,’ said his companions, ‘but when the sea rushes in we shall all be drowned with you.'”
— The Talmud

“We did not all come over on the same ship, but we are all in the same boat.”
— Bernard Baruch

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”
— John Donne, ‘Meditation 17’ from “Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions” (1624).

“When they took the Fourth Amendment, I was silent because I dont deal drugs. When they took the Sixth Amendment, I kept quiet because I know Im innocent. When they took the Second Amendment, I said nothing because I dont own a gun. Now theyve come for the First Amendment, and I cant say anything at all.”
— Tim Freeman

Today’s Quote Plus: The ‘Dirty Little Secret’ of the Big Media

“So the dirty little secret is yeah, we sort of informally agree not to report a lot of things that we see, some of it for legitimate security reasons, and some of it because it could just be embarrassing. And the tradeoff is we get a continued relationship with these people and we can get information.
“And by the way, it is information that we can still hold them accountable for, it’s just that we sort of cover them.”

— Jamie McIntyre, CNN’s senior Pentagon reporter for 16 years, revealing the truth about how our Big Media operates.
[Editor’s Note: McIntyre is now an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland. Hint: ‘Sort of’ covering for sources because they might be embarrassed, ‘informally agreeing’ not to report ‘a lot of things’ you see, and making ‘tradeoffs’ in return for a ‘continued relationship’ is not journalism, it’s whoring for crumbs from your sources, and I hope the ‘Professor’ teaches his students that. H/t to bartcop.com.]

“Today, journalists more than any other cohort of professionals, are responsible for the confusion that surrounds power and its criminality in contemporary society. As Janet Malcolm said in another context, ‘Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible.’ “
— Martin Walker, M.A.

“Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip.”
— George Orwell on reporters like Jamie McIntyre.

“Media manipulation in the U.S. today is more efficient than it was in Nazi Germany, because here we have the pretense that we are getting all the information we want. That misconception prevents people from even looking for the truth.”
— Mark Crispin Miller

“Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.”
— I.F. Stone

“I.F. Stone famously admonished reporters never to have lunch with their sources. Stone believed that once a reporter got too close to those in positions of wealth and power, the independent stance needed for good journalism would be lost. He was contemptuous of journalism that allowed government and big business to do as they pleased.”
— Robin Andersen, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” FAIR.org, Jan.-Feb. 2006.

“The American press is, and always has been, a booster press, its editorial pages characteristically advancing the same arguments as the paid advertising copy.”
— Lewis Lapham

“Newscasters who want to keep their careers afloat learn the fine art of evasion. We should never accuse them of doing a poor and sloppy job of reporting. If anything, with great skill they skirt around the most important points of a story. With much finesse they say a lot about very little, serving up heaps of junk news filled with so many empty calories and so few nutrients. Thus do they avoid offending those who wield politico-economic power. It is enough to take your breath away.”
— Dr. Michael Parenti

“The one truth you’ll never hear on any major American news outlet is that war is good for business and the owner of the network is a stockholder in that profitable concern.”
Arris Jaye

The Tattlesnake The Political Good, Bad and Ugly Edition

Good: Your husband has decided to get more involved in
local politics.
Bad: He’s running for congress as a conservative Republican.
Ugly: He’s Karl Rove.

Good: Your wife just got a great-paying job.
Bad: She’s on Fox News.
Ugly: After fifteen years of marriage, you never knew she was a wingnut.

Good: Your 22-year-old daughter just announced she’s marrying the man of her dreams.
Bad: He’s old enough to be her grandfather.
Ugly: He’s Mitch McConnell.

Good: Your 21-year-old son’s new book is about to be published.
Bad: It’s a biography of George W. Bush.
Ugly: He’s started talking like him.

Good: Your wife buys a new hat for her birthday.
Bad: It has teabags hanging off the brim.
Ugly: They’ve all been used.

Good: The recently discovered Bush emails prove conclusively that Bush, Cheney, Rove, et al, committed high crimes while in office.
Bad: Holder’s Justice Department refuses to prosecute them.
Ugly: Obama excuses them by saying, “Anyone could make a mistake.”

Good: You laugh at an Andy Borowitz satire about Glenn Beck ‘editing’ and releasing an ‘abridged’ version of “1984” wherein Big Brother’s name is replaced by Obama’s.
Bad: Turns out it’s not an Andy Borowitz satire.
Ugly: The MSM quote from the book as if it were George Orwell’s original version.

Good: Your daughter just got a new job.
Bad: She’s working for Bill O’Reilly.
Ugly: She just bought a case of loofahs.

Good: Your son just got a new job.
Bad: He’s working for FreedomWorks.
Ugly: He’s Dick Armey’s ‘butt boy.’

Good: You just got a tenured job at a university.
Bad: You’re teaching ‘Creation Science.’
Ugly: At Messiah College.

Good: The ideas of Tom Paine are being discussed on TV.
Bad: By Glenn Beck on Fox News.
Ugly: Beck has made liberal agnostic Paine into a far-right Christian fanatic just like himself.

Good: Your son has been signed to star in a major motion picture.
Bad: It’s “The Life of Rush Limbaugh.”
Ugly: He was hired due to his strong resemblance to the subject.

Good: You’ve accepted a $50,000 speaking gig.
Bad: At the next CPAC convention.
Ugly: Your topic is “The Incredible Genius of Sarah Palin.”

Good: You’re not feeling well and your friend says he will find you a good doctor.
Bad: You’re flat broke.
Ugly: Your friend is Joe Lieberman.

2009 RS Janes. LTSaloon.org.

The News Pauper Loses His Cool

By W.B. Dunne

This is my response to my wingnutty friend that sent me a video clip of Andrew Breitbart:

I choked down this nugget as best I could. You see, I really want to
engage with you on pertinent issues, however, this chunk of vid is rife with so many crimes against logic it makes it impossible to reply to. I think that this is the point of the framing. Neither the host nor the guest has any intention of stepping away from the cage match aspect of this “interview, thus I am left with no choice to draw the conclusion that they both have a wager to tend to. There was a vote taken last November, and the pair on that vid LOST…all that remains is four years of working the refs and waiting for Obamas inevitable mistakes.

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