Sat. Sep 30th, 2023

Ken  I’ve been sidelined for a while due to an operation: unable to walk, or move much. So, TV and internet it is. I keep waking up, after sleeping in one chair, my feet propped up in front of late night TV. At one point I couldn’t sleep and the only thing on was NewsMax and what was supposed to be archival clips of Hitler.
  Yes, I know what “NewsMax” is. But it was very, very early morning: about 3am, and I figured this was filler programming. Besides, what could one do to archive footage?
  How wrong I was.
  Having worked with sound as much as I have I readily recognized someone had used different programs in an attempt to make the voiceovers sound authentic for the era: mic modeling essentially combined with probable EQ adjust and environment simulation… except they skipped an all important point. Logically, the voiceovers should have included a script written in the present tense, not as if they’re narrating something that happened long ago. And referencing conservative talking points being used now, as if they were phrased exactly that way back then, or even in the 60s when I was a conservative? Bad idea. Very revealing.
ῸIt was, essentially, a con job. Both meanings intended. A con job that failed because it was trying to frame the past using present rhetorical talking points. But I understand: after the Clinton nonsense it’s been pretty damn obvious too many partisans suffer from a horrible affliction called, “Is-itis,” where they have no idea what tense “is is:” or pretend not to understand when it serves their political narrative.
  There are many controversies we can present to show just how broken our national narrative is. Here are two…
  In the recent E-mail snafu it was made obvious the law that requires someone like Hillary to require those E-mails had a non-personal address went into effect after these Es were sent. That should have ended much of the panty twisting the media and the pundits continue torment our news cycle with.
  But that fact isn’t convenient to the narrative they want.
  When George Bush was questioned over his service the fact was brought out that, according to the secretary who handled the original, that this was not the original document… but the information was correct.
  But the fact the information was correct wasn’t convenient to the narrative the pundits and the media wanted.
  You know there was a time we could go from admitting to such basic facts, then honestly debate and discuss the issues of the day. We simply don’t do that anymore. Instead we even go to such lengths that the present tense “is” becomes “perjury” because there once “was” a relationship.
  But back to our NewsMax pretend Hitler “documentary…” better referred to as a “propagandatary.”
  Beyond the obvious re-narrated script was that that script was obviously intended to portray 1930s Germany as being the victim of some leftward, “liberal,” cult. One portion of the script even pushed the old “socialism” lie. If you’re unfamiliar with this lie that’s been pushed for many years it’s a talking point that claims, because “national socialism” has the term “socialism” in it, Nazis were actually traditional socialists.
  Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed it’s just the opposite.
  But no surprise. Apparently, like present and past tense, important modifiers like “well regulated,” or “national,” are beyond the comprehension of some folks. Except, I suspect, they do understand. They simply don’t care. If truth is inconvenient you simply push lies. We knew exactly where the weapons were in Iraq. Saddam never let the inspectors in, then minutes latter claiming he kicked them out of Iraq. “Mission accomplished!”
  Please, if you think pointing to examples where the left fudges on the truth allows anyone from sneaking away from the table of responsibility, it sure as hell shouldn’t. The issue here is what we are doing to ourselves as a nation, and what the end result will be if we don’t stop this nonsense.
  The NewMax Nazi manipulation reminded me of the memory hole in 1984, the burning of books and mechanical dogs in Fahrenheit 451, and “We have always been at war with…”
  To paraphrase, and rephrase, something our last president reportedly said, “Pushing the propaganda is the only thing that matters.”
  No wonder 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 have been banned and burned for so many years. Today they just fund propaganda machines so big, make money speech and corporations people helping Big Brother and the Hound increasingly be more non-fiction than fiction.


Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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