The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


A long time ago I subscribed to Pravda. Well, I was young, and there were extenuating circumstances. I had taken Russian in college, and did not want my knowledge of the language to wane, so I subscribed to Pravda for a year. I would take the newspaper -- it was thin, maybe 8 pages, folded into thirds -- to the beach, or to a bar, and read articles slowly and painstakingly while referring to a Russian-English dictionary.

My subscription began in 1990, when the Soviet Union was just barely a going concern. I looked forward to reading lots of ridiculous propaganda about hooliganism and capitalist running dogs. Sadly, Pravda was just not that entertaining[1]. The easiest way to suppress the news is not to print anything meaningful at all, so Pravda was full of innocuous articles about boys who caused trouble with slingshots, and puff pieces about San Francisco.

Today's media has a lot in common with the Pravda of two decades ago; rather than bias, we now see actual suppression of news. The legacy media didn't tell you about John Edwards' mistress problems, and it isn't saying anything about Climategate, and the New York Times is recycling all the scary white people bugaboos from 15 years ago when it describes the Tea Partiers. Idahoans are stockpiling ammunition, and declaring they would die for the Constitution ... and they like Ron Paul. End of scary stuff. No violence, no one getting hurt, though that doesn't stop the Times from worrying on behalf of one colored, or partially colored, person:

Rachel Dolezal, curator of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, has also watched the Tea Party movement with trepidation. Though raised in a conservative family, Ms. Dolezal, who is multiracial, said she could not imagine showing her face at a Tea Party event. To her, what stands out are the all-white crowds, the crude depictions of Mr. Obama as an African witch doctor and the signs labeling him a terrorist. “It would make me nervous to be there unless I went with a big group,” she said.

Now you can find examples of black people being roughed up at Tea Party protests. Unfortunately for the fervid imagination of Times reporters, this roughing up was done by members of the Service Employees International Union.

If you want to know about Kenneth Gladney getting beat up at a town hall meeting in Missouri ... don't bother looking in the New York Times. A Times search for that name for the past 12 months returns one hit, an opinion blog. (Remember that when the Masters golf tournament was held at an all-male club in Georgia, the Times was famous for flooding the zone with dozens of stories about the club's discrimination against women. If a black Democrat protester had been beat up by conservatives, do you think the Times could spare an article or two -- or fifty -- on the subject?)

[1] Except during the anti-Gorbachev coup in 1991, announced by Pravda with glaring headlines, then followed a few days later by a mournful apology. Sadly there was a 7-10 day shipping delay so the coup was old news when I got the relevant issues.


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I'm an ex-commie. 4 months in East Germany in 1980 cured that. Communism is such a cool idea on paper... it just doesn't work in practice without secret police to enforce it.
Just a hint to everybody... the drones are coming... You'll want to look into electr0magnet1cPul5e devices (goofy spelling deliberate)
freedom is still possible

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