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"Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demand for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen."
- Ayn Rand, "America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business" (1961)

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

"Junta?" Try "Socialist Dictatorship": The Media's Myanmar Ideology Coverup

Now Playing: "Go For Soda" by Kim Mitchell

The Associated Press and the rest of the major (i.e., leftwing,) media seem to be having considerable difficulty in identifying the nature of the Myanmar government - those considerate folk who, in the wake of a catastrophic cyclone are forbidding the delivery of most disaster relief and unceremoniously confiscating the rest, while tens of thousands lay dead and tens of thousands more face death by disease and/or starvation.

Though one would never know it from reportage in the wake of the Myanmar disaster, that country has been ruled over by socialist military dictatorships since 1958.

If you're a vestigial, recidivistic collectivist in the employ of a large news organization, this fact presents a problem in reporting the disaster, and in identifying motives in the bizarre, monstrous position that government has taken in its wake. 'Can't allow the reputation of Glorious Socialism to be tarnished, folks. Unh-uh!

What to do, what to do...

So in the last week we've seen the bizarre spectacle of news report after news report after news report after news report - most of them reprints of the Official Line from the Associated Press, but with CNN, Reuters and Agence France-Presse performing a similar ideological blackout - that refer to Myanmar's socialist regime as, simply, a "junta."

Yes, apparently that southeast Asian country is now a part of Latin America.

Who knew?

To be fair, "military junta" is the generic description used by the State Department but...since when have intrepid "investigative journalists" been content with vague official terminology in reporting events in which ideology plays the essential role in otherwise inexplicable atrocities?

Veddy, veddy odd, Keptin.