The word “Orwellian” is grossly overused in public discourse, but here’s one case where no other word will do. I fully expect a videotape to be released by the White House within the next couple of days in which Scott McClellan can be clearly heard to say “I don’t think that’s accurate.” I would imagine that they’ll explain the discrepancy between the audio on their tape and that on existing tapes by saying that their microphones were better positioned (or something like that).

Members of the Bush administration should all be required (after they’ve attended their ethics seminars) to read Nineteen Eighty-Four, if only so they can stop acting it out so obviously.

3 Replies to “Orwellian”

  1. If I thought anyone in the Bush Administration could read literary fiction, I would suggest that that’s what’s already happened. But the thing is, if they had read Nineteen Eighty-Four, they’d be better at this stuff.

    That’s what pushes my reaction beyond fear and despair and into just being offended. It’s one thing to be manipulated by an evil genius, but quite another to be subjected to this at the ends of an evil dimwit. I just can’t get over their incompetence.


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