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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. ... Alan Caruba
Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
earliest days, even before the Revolution, Americans valued their newspapers
and understood they played a crucial role in the issues and events of the times
in which they lived. It would take a while, however, before newspapers evolved
from highly partisan advocates of the early political factions to their role as
watchdogs of government.
population depended on them for news that revealed the increasing futility of
dealing with a British monarchy and parliament that found new ways to tax the
essentially independent colonies. Newspapers became the glue of the new nation,
eagerly read in every state, providing news of Congress and the presidency.
contrast, authoritarian governments understood the need to keep a tight control
over the news and none more than the Third Reich of the Nazi Party and in the
On May 21st,
Kirsten Powers, writing in the Daily Beast.com, borrowed from words of pastor
Martin Niemoller, a German who witnessed their rise to power and who framed the
manner in which the Nazis targeted, jailed and killed all those they deemed
enemies of the state.
His poem, “First they came” was echoed by Powers who wrote “First they came for Fox News, and
they did not speak out—because they were not Fox News. Then they came for
government whistleblowers, and they did not speak out—because they were not
government whistleblowers. Then they came for the maker of a YouTube video, and—okay
we know how this story ends. But how did we get here?”The “we” to whom she referred are the nation’s
said Powers, “it’s a fairly swift sojourn from a president pushing to ‘delegitimize’
a news organization to threatening criminal prosecution for journalistic
activity by a Fox News reporter, James Rosen, to spying on Associated Press
were the media when all this began happening?" asked Powers. “With a few
exceptions, they were acting as quiet enablers.”
what I and many other conservative observers and analysts of the President and
his administration have been saying since 2009 and earlier. “These series of ‘warnings’
to the Fourth Estate,” said Powers, “were what you might expect to hear from
some third-rate dictator, not from the senior staff of Hope and Change, Inc.”
book, Mein Kampf (My Struggle), Hitler demonstrated his contempt for the
public. “The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their
intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In
consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very
few points and must harp on these slogans until the last member of the public
understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”Obama’s 2008 slogan was “hope and change.” He
was vague about the change he had in mind, but we have been learning about it
since his election.
his minister of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, set up a
department that dealt solely with newspapers. An instructive history of the
press in the Third Reich can be found on the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Adolf Hitler took power in 1933, the Nazis controlled less than three percent
of Germany’s 4,700 newspapers.” The elimination of the German multi-party
political system ended hundreds of newspapers that would offer any opposition
to the Nazi Party. What followed in the first weeks of 1933 was the systematic
use of radio, press, and newsreels to stoke fears of a pending “Communist
uprising.”This occurred in a
pre-television and, of course, pre-Internet era, but it was effective when
backed up by the thuggish behavior of Hitler’s paramilitary units that were
used to “brutalize or arrest political opponents and incarcerate them in
hastily established detention centers and concentration camps.”
the popularity and influence of Fox News, the well-known Berlin daily, the Vossische Zeitung, was targeted, along
with the Berlin Tageblatt. The former
employed 10,000 people, but in 1933, its owners, the Ullstein family, were
forced to resign and, a year later, sell the company assets. The latter newspaper
was owned by the Mosse family that published a number of major liberal papers “much
hated by the Nazis.” When Hitler took power, the family fled Germany.
not to suggest that Fox News or the Associated Press will suffer a similar
fate, but it is no accident that their reporters are being intimidated by an
administration that has seized telephone records as a message to their owners
and editors to curb any criticism, any investigation of what they are doing.
that James Rosen, a Fox reporter, engaged in criminal behavior for doing what
any reporter would do, seek out information about the government, has outraged
many in the press, but whether they will stand firm or buckle under remains the
real question. In Germany, the press became an arm of the Nazi regime.
is any guide, we have real cause to fear the intent of the Obama administration—one
now distinguished by its leadership for having no memory of any steps they have
undertaken to oppress organizations that oppose its agenda, mobilizing the IRS
and Department of Justice.
looking into a tyrannical abyss and it is time to be afraid, be very afraid.
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