The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history and change the facts to fit party doctrine, for propaganda effect. For example, if Big Brother makes a prediction that turns out to be wrong, the employees of the Ministry of Truth go back and rewrite history so that any prediction Big Brother previously made is accurate. This is the "how" of the Ministry of Truth's existence. Within the novel Orwell elaborates that the deeper reason for its existence is to maintain the illusion that the party is absolute. It cannot ever seem to change its mind (if, for instance, they perform one of their constant changes regarding enemies during war) or make a mistake (firing an official or making a grossly misjudged supply prediction), for that would imply weakness and to maintain power the party must seem eternally right and strong.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Truth
Boy, does that have a familiar ring to it - truth. 'We did not Bow - The President was looking for nickels on the carpet!' & 'We do not want to look in the rearview mirror to that 'dark chapter in American history,' when we stopped . . .what's Napolitano call terrorists now? . . .Oh Yeah, . . .threats both foreign and domestic, both natural and manmade . . . I put this Hummer in Reverse to Roll over the Bush-ies!'
The Congress and it seems the Obama Administration want to develop a MiniTru - Ministry of Truth with the bailout of newspapers.
Influential Los Angeles Times columnist Rosa Brooks has hung up her journalistic hat and joined the Obama administration, but not before penning a public proposal calling for some radical ideas to help bail out the failing news industry.
Brooks, who has taken up a post as an adviser at the Pentagon, advocated upping "direct government support for public media" and creating licenses to govern news operations.
"Years of foolish policies have left us with a choice: We can bail out journalism, using tax dollars and granting licenses in ways that encourage robust and independent reporting and commentary, or we can watch, wringing our hands, as more and more top journalists are laid off," she wrote in her parting column on April 9.
Brooks said this would help rescue the industry from a "death spiral" and left the government unaccountable to the journalists who must keep it honest. "[I] can't imagine anything more dangerous than a society in which the news industry has more or less collapsed," she wrote.
Then we hear from the WindSurfer ( my Last National Democratic Vote Tossed in the Crapper to Him) John Kerry,"there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount." Oh Yeah.
Free Press owned by the government is not a Free Press -Free Press is a term to describe news reporting that is allowed to be honest & truthful; as opposed to news that is forced to twist facts or lie. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_free_press
We don't need a Government owned Railroad ( High Speed Rail)
We don't need a MiniTru.
Free Market Capitalists develop, finance and run railroads and newspapers. Freely. Free to Succeed and Free to Fail.
We need a competent government - that is Change We Need to Believe In - or Vote for It next time.