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Letter: The Reality-Control Machine

To the Editor:

I’ve been listening to President Obama “inform” us about the catastrophic results of the sequestration that will be “caused by the Republicans.” His story of approaching chaos is dutifully reported by his propaganda machine in the mainstream press — yes, including the Valley News.

The facts that the Obama White House originated the sequestration bill and that President Obama signed it and then threatened to veto any Republican attempt to change sequestration are generally not worth mentioning by his subservient press.

This, the latest in a continuing saga of lies and reversals from the White House, reminded me of something I had read in a book in high school. “Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. ... It was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. ... Officially, the change of partners had never happened. ... The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil.”

“Reality control” they called it in Newspeak, and “doublethink.” The book was 1984.

“Big Brother” Obama. George Orwell would be proud.

John R. Lohmann