But I thought "freedom of the press" was an amendment to the Constitution...

As you may or may not know, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio are both under scrutiny for exhibiting the "liberal bias" that has become so problematic in the eyes of a few on Capitol Hill and in the White House. Here is an article talking about some of the findings of the report making these claims. Whether or not you find the report to be unbiased or impartial, whether or not you find this article covering the report to be unbiased or impartial, you have to be concerned that the only organizations that are being secretly monitored by high level governmental officials are the ones that are suspected of disagreeing with the government or at least offering alternative view points. I think, if he were here, Uncle Screwtape might offer some words of advice:
My Dear Mogslopper, Individually, humans are clever and resourceful. But in large groups, the aggregated public, humans are, by and large, impressionable, gullible, open to manipulation. To do the work of the Enemy [here, of course, Screwtape always means God and goodness] one needs merely to treat each person as an individual in the Divine sense--as a created thing capable of following the purpose for which it was made. To do the work of Our Father Below, the proficient tempter must rely on suggestions built upon preexisting prejudice of your man's social group, fear of the outsider, and the gulf of the unknown and unknowable. The pests [and here Screwtape would be referring to all humans, not just the good ones] are particularly malleable when spoken to in what they call "us/them" language--with the "us" of course representing the intelligent, wise, and ultimately correct side and the "them" becoming tied up in the, for lack of a better term, demonic side of things (popularly understood, of course). In the present situation, we nearly need to characterize the Church as "conservative"--as if an adjective could typify our Enemy's Working Body--and the other side as "liberal." Then we suggest that certain powerful members of their society sprinkle "liberal" on any group with which they disagree, whether for moral and ethical reasons, economics, politics, or simply because that "liberal" group hinders the powerful individual from bringing more power and influence to himself. Soon, the unwashed masses cannot distinguish the meanings of "liberal" and "conservative" at all; the meanings behind the labels having long been lost or confused by the users of the terms. Yet even in this state of confusion, the vermin will remember the designations "us" and "them," and they will know whom to follow. So I suppose the best course of action is to use the label suitable for the occasion. These terms and their associative fears and prejudices will change over time--if you are a clever tempter--as your man moves from rash, judgmental, and rebellious youth to comfortable, moderately well-off agedness. One pattern, however, should doggedly follow him, no matter his state. Quite simply, he must fear, suspect, and (however secretly) hate those unlike himself. Which--it is the goal of All Below--could become everyone and everything that is not him. When his life and his possessions are the only things that really matter to your patient, you have won. As the Enemy's Book says, "Those that have found their lives will lose them...." Warmly, Your Uncle


Blogger Scott Sloan said...

E, Uncle Screwtape certainly understands the culture we live in. Fox News to the rescue. HA!!!!(yeah right)

7/18/2005 2:21 PM  
Blogger Joshua said...

you got a "cease and desist" letter, didn't you.

7/18/2005 4:22 PM  
Blogger e said...

"These are not the droids you're looking for."

7/18/2005 4:55 PM  

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