I’m sure you’ve heard it bellowed from every corner of the Enslaved Press. “Trump is Hitler!” “He’s a fascist!” “Trump supporters are Nazis!!”
Liberals, man. They’re more hysterical than a 1940s Noir ingénue.
But the truth is, the real similarity to Nazi Germany can be seen in the modern American press.
Or what I call The Enslaved Press.
I first coined the term “Enslaved Press” in a January 2013 column, “Liberalism: Enslaving our Free Press.”
At the time, I explained that our once free press wasn’t brought to heel under the boot of government. No. Our once free press willingly enslaved itself to this Administration.
We don’t have a Free Press anymore. They really are nothing more than an enslaved propaganda machine.
In my column from 2013, I cited some passages from William Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich including this:
Every morning the editors of the Berlin daily newspapers and the correspondents of those published elsewhere in the Reich gathered at the Propaganda Ministry to be told by Dr. Goebbels or by one of his aides what news to print and suppress, how to write the news and headline it, what campaigns to call off or institute and what editorials were desired for the day. In case of any misunderstanding a daily written directive was furnished along with the oral instructions. For the smaller out-of-town papers and the periodicals the directives were dispatched by telegram or by mail.
“News” in Nazi Germany was whatever the Propaganda Ministry told them was news.
And every single newspaper said the same damn thing.
More from Shirer:
With all newspapers in Germany being told what to publish and how to write the news and editorials, it was inevitable that a deadly conformity would come over the nation’s press. Even a people so regimented and so given to accepting authority became bored by the daily newspapers.
Rush Limbaugh loves to play media montages of all the different news channels not just saying basically the same thing, but saying the exact same thing.
That isn’t coincidence. It’s planned.
When an Enslaved Press disseminates news, it will disseminate only what it is told.
It was just learned that when Hillary Clinton’s email scandal first surfaced, the State Department and the White House coordinated to suppress and manage the scandal in order to minimize the damage. [Hat tip Zero Hedge]
An exchange between Jen Psaki and Jennifer Palmieri revealed that Psaki would make sure Secretary of State Kerry would not be asked about Hillary’s email scandal when he appeared on Face the Nation that following Sunday.
She let Palmieri know that it was taken care of and sure enough, Kerry didn’t have to face questions about Hillary’s newly bubbling scandal.
This Administration has controlled the press since the beginning. That’s really nothing new.
The same thing happened in 2012 after the attack in Benghazi. Talking points were refined and edited to minimize the fallout on the Administration. Susan Rice was sent out to all the Sunday shows to make sure the press got the story the Administration wanted disseminated.
Maybe you recall the news from several months ago that the White House worked with pliant news sources to frame a favorable narrative on the Iran deal as well. [I wrote about it HERE]
And, of course, there was the revelation from WikiLeaks’ release of DNC emails that the Democratic National Committee was working in collusion with the news media on how stories were written and what questions would be asked.
You need only see how CNN and other mainstream news outlets carefully shield Hillary Clinton — either ignoring her scandals entirely or framing them as a whole lot of nothing.
One final quote from Shirer’s book:
No one who has not lived for years in a totalitarian land can possibly conceive how difficult it is to escape the dread consequences of a regime’s calculated and incessant propaganda. Often in a German home or office or sometimes in a casual conversation with a stranger in a restaurant, a beer hall, a cafe, I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons. It was obvious that they were parroting some piece of nonsense they had heard on the radio or read in the newspapers. Sometimes one was tempted to say as much, but on such occasions one was met with such a stare of incredulity, such a shock of silence, as if one had blasphemed the Almighty, that one realized how useless it was even to try to make contact with a mind which had become warped and for whom the facts of life had become what Hitler and Goebbels, with their cynical disregard for truth, said they were.
I bet a lot of you read that passage and thought, “Holy smokes. I’ve had conversations just like that.”
Of course you have.
Think of how today there are Hillary voters that believe, really believe, that Benghazi was a Republican-manufactured scandal. I’m sure you’ve heard something along the lines of “Hillary didn’t break the law or put our national security at risk; that’s just a Republican witch-hunt!”
The one big difference of course is that the press in Germany was forced to comply with the Propaganda Ministry of the Third Reich. If they refused, they were forced out of business.
In America today, the press willingly enslaved itself to this current Administration and the Democrat Party. They were not coerced. It was by choice.
They are willing accomplices in the destruction of the truth.
The only thing that is preventing them from having the same kind of total control over information that the Third Reich had is the new media. Without social media and alternative news sites, Americans would be just as in the dark as the Germans were in the 1930s and 40s.
Why do you think Obama lectures Americans about not listening to Rush Limbaugh or Fox News? Why do you think he scoffs at news sites like Breitbart and Drudge? His only hope of maintaining a stranglehold on information is to discredit those sources that do not toe the line.
To believe that Donald Trump is somehow the one who threatens to make this country like Nazi Germany is laughable.
Anyone who has been paying attention to what has gone on for the last eight years knows that ship has sailed.
Barack Obama, the Democrats and their dutifully compliant propagandists in the Enslaved Press beat him to the punch.
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