Krugman on Bush’s "reign of error"

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Paul Krugman rips the Bush administration a new one in the New York Times; read it here if you’re a TimesSelect customer, or here if you’re not. Krugman notes, using numerous examples, the corporate media’s ongoing complicity with the Bush administration. He observes that “if the facts fail to support the administration position on an issue — stem cells, global warming, tax cuts, income inequality, Iraq — officials refuse to acknowledge the facts.”

Meanwhile, apparatchiks in the media spread disinformation. It’s hard to imagine what the world looks like to the large number of Americans who get their news by watching Fox and listening to Rush Limbaugh, but I get a pretty good sense from my mailbag. […]

Whatever the reason, the fact is that the Bush administration continues to be remarkably successful at rewriting history. […] It’s all very Orwellian, of course. But when Orwell wrote of “a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past,” he was thinking of totalitarian states. Who would have imagined that history would prove so easy to rewrite in a democratic nation with a free press? [emphasis added]

(Thanks to Atrios for the tip.)

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