In 1984, George Orwell describes a daily ritual called “Two Minutes Hate,” in which Party members are required to watch a video and vociferously denounce the alleged enemy of society depicted on the screen. A character named Emmanuel Goldstein was usually the target of the organized vitriol. 

In this Orwellian video, released by the DNC, Sarah Palin is Emmanuel Goldstein. The video purports to debunk Palin’s health reform “lies,” but it really just knocks down a series of straw men. It returns once again, for example, to the increasingly ridiculous “death panel” meme.

The disturbing thing here isn’t the DNC’s ironic claim that Palin is dishonest. The scary thing is the robotic way in which the “progressive” blogosphere and “news” media repeat this BS. At the Party’s behest, these Obots spew pre-packaged invective just as if Emmanuel Goldstein were on the screen in front of them.

The Party needs an enemy upon whom to focus the chronic anger of its grass roots. Palin is the chosen target and the various media are the lens through which her distorted image is projected. Then, when Palin’s numbers drop in the public opinion surveys, they behave as if it’s an independent phenomenon.

This is not healthy, folks.


For a classic example of media complicity in the ongoing villification of Palin, go to Politico’s hit piece by Jonathan Martin:

A conservative Iowa group’s effort to lure Sarah Palin to its banquet next month has had an unintended effect … the group’s plan to raise a six-figure sum to bring her to the state has GOP activists recoiling at the thought of paying to land a politician’s speaking appearance.

The problem: This is a work of fiction based on whoppers collected from hostile political operatives. The details are at Caffeinated Thoughts.

This behavior by the media is a cancer metastasizing throughout the body politic. If it isn’t irradiated into remission soon, the patient is a goner.

Comments 2

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    David, I wondered about your sanity in the past but some of your latest posts look like you’ve tipped into insanity. Emmanuel Goldstein was of course a thinly disguised Trotsky, about the most unlikely comparison with Palin you could make. As Trotsky said: ‘I shall die a proletarian revolutionist, a Marxist, a dialectical materialist, and, consequently, an irreconcilable atheist. My faith in the communist future of mankind is not less ardent, indeed it is firmer today, than it was in the days of my youth.’

    Posted 30 Oct 2009 at 4:59 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    Marc, you missed the point, my friend. Whether Goldstein was a metaphor for Trotsky (or Lucille Ball, for that matter) is irrelevant.

    The point is that the DNC wants to keep the Obots focused on the designated enemy so there will be no danger of them thinking for themselves.

    Palin is the enemy du jour. The media and the “progressive” blogs are complicit in duping the Party faithful with the ritual two minutes hate.

    Posted 01 Nov 2009 at 12:15 pm

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