The year is 1903, The Russian Social Democratic Party is meeting in London. All the intellectuals in their party have been arguing since the end of the 1800’s as to the direction the party should take. One year earlier, in 1902, a man named Lenin, living in exile, wrote a paper entitled, “What Is To Be Done”.
The work was smuggled into Russia and spelled out his views regarding what the Social Democrats should be doing as a party. Lenin attacked party members who “were content to wait while history took its predetermined course.” Rather than wait, Lenin wanted to kick-start the issue he believed in to get things done rather than wait on intellectuals sitting around refuting each other’s ideas. The meeting resulted in a Party split creating the Mentsheviks and the Bolsheviks. The two factions reunited under Lenin in April 1905. Lenin went on to organize the November 1917 Russian Revolution on the Promise of “peace. bread, and land”. Isn’t that like “sharing the wealth”?
Anyway, once the revolution was over, the Central Committee of the Communist Party established the Politburo. According to merriam-webster.com:
Politburo – (noun) : the principal policy-making and executive committee of a Communist party
Origin: Russian politbyuro, from politicheskoe byuro political bureau
First Known Use: 1925
Yesterday, I reported on some White House Censorship of the Press:
…the Obama Administration exiled the San Francisco Chronicle’s Carla Marinuccifrom being a part of the press pool, [ever] again.
Her horrendous crime?
She pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.
Now, Phil Bronstein of the Chronicle reports the following:
In a pants-on-fire moment, the White House press office today denied anyone there had issued threats to remove Carla Marinucci and possibly other Hearst reporters from the press pool covering the President in the Bay Area.
Chronicle editor Ward Bushee called the press office on its fib:
Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.
The Chronicle’s report is accurate.
If the White House has indeed decided not to ban our reporter, we would like an on-the-record notice that she will remain the San Francisco print pool reporter.
I was on some of those calls and can confirm Ward’s statement.
Messy ball now firmly in White House court.
Interesting. Evidently, that’s what the Chronicle gets for not following along with the diktat of our modern Politburo.
One thing that the Russian Politburo was good at was taking care of their propaganda arm. Our new Politburo is no different.
…as Washington prepares to celebrate, well, itself at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where media organizations try to out-do each other by planting celebrities at their $2,500 tables, taxpayer-subsidized and donor-supported NPR is no exception. Joining NPR staff will be Ambassador Susan Rice as well as three All Songs Considered favorites, Annie Clark, who records under the nom de plume St. Vincent, Talking Heads founder David Byrne, and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.
Which raises the question: In a time when, NPR’s budget is under scrutiny, is hosting rock stars at a swank dinner the sign NPR officials want to send? And, is promoting new recordings of musical artists–be they starving or sated–something the government should even subsidize in the first place?
Those of the Main Stream Media who realize that their role is the spreading of the New Politburo’s Propaganda are rewarded. Others, such as Fox News, and this young lady from the Chronicle, are punished.
Please allow me to leave you with some quotes from Vladimir Lenin. Their relevancy is amazing.
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
Democracy is indispensable to socialism.
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
One man with a gun can control 100 without one.
Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.
Sometimes – history needs a push.The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.
The goal of socialism is communism.
The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.
To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics.
Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.
While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.