Many in the legacy media have become unravelled with President Donald Trump’s non-chalant, and at times vitriolic, attitude towards them. State-run outlets like the BBC have added brutal mass dictators Josef Stalin and Mao Zedong to the their now-standard Adolf Hitler comparisons¹. Well, of course, such comparisons are not entirely “unavoidable”, but the dishevelled media cares not to explore this option.
The US president’s use of “enemies of the people” raises unavoidable echoes of some of history’s most murderous dictators. [BBC]
In 1933, the German free press was quashed and the Aryanization of journalism was placed under the control of Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (RMVP), Nazi Germany’s Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. The press did not voluntarily give up their professional duties of impartial, objective and fair journalism – it was forced from them until finally they uttered no dissent².
In 1912, the continuing control over the Russian press culminated in Lenin determining that Pravda, a newspaper with origins going back to 1903, would thenceforth by the official voice of the Communist Party. The press did not voluntarily give up their professional duties of impartial, objective and fair journalism – it was forced from them until finally they uttered no dissent³.
Today the press see themselves still as the same noble, impartial, objective and fair journalists of yesterday. The problem is that too many people (for their liking) see that they have voluntarily given up these values and cannot claim the same defence of speech and opinion that yesterday’s newspapers could.
On virtually every viewpoint the media side with those that want to empower the state and diminish individual liberties: demanding that we pay for the weather, demanding that we forget our culture, forcing on us singular definitions of marriage and gender, and notions that all immigrants are noble and that terrorism is never carried out with textual religious sanction – the list is never-ending yet somehow the media always seems to coalesce around the exact same opinion that the statist would hold to.
That Trump is president, to the media’s incredulous chagrin, and that the ‘state‘ is in divorce proceedings with its media partners, tells you much of what we need to know. And if the media, voluntarily siding with statist ideologies in this era, doesn’t like the current ‘state‘, then they’ll choose whatever other allies will allow their echoed opinion to redound, leading perchance to a state that they could truly love once again.
¹ BBC; ‘Enemies of the people’: Trump remark echoes history’s worst tyrants
² Holocaust Encyclopedia; The Press In The Third Reich – Establishing Control Of The Press
³ Encyclopaedia Britannica; Pravda