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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Classic, elegant Newspeak

The Vice President of Sinclair Broadcasting, who censored Ted Koppel's reading the names of those who have died in the war, had this brillant piece of Newspeak to justify their decision:

"Unfortunately, lost in the background of 'Koppelgate' are our brave troops who are fighting to preserve what we are practicing at home: open debate in a free society," Mark Hyman, Sinclair's vice president for corporate affairs and chief editorialist, told viewers during a commentary last week. "Standing on principle can sometimes be a lonely endeavor. But what value are our principles if we don't live up to them? Adhering to principle only when it is popular or convenient is meaningless."

Censorship supports open debate. We must forget those who died to remember the sacrifice of the troops. War is peace.

Via Media Matters.


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