As a regular blogger for awhile at Huffington Post, Governor Jesse Ventura (a "controversial" public figure), violated a Mainstream Media Taboo, and was therefore censored by a "progressive" blog:
Editor's Note: The Huffington Post's editorial policy, laid out in our blogger guidelines, prohibits the promotion and promulgation of conspiracy theories -- including those about 9/11. As such, we have removed this post.(HuffPo). Huffington Post editors chickened out when one of their posters presented an unapproved by the government view of the 9/11 evidence.
One of the goals of despots is to turn the citizens against each other, through fear and loathing, thereby taking their focus off the government.
The underlying psychology the despots are exploiting, and Huffington Post is acting out, is well known:
Research on TMT and SJT strongly suggests that defending the current U.S. political system and its prerogatives post-9/11 requires individual and collective denial to block out any and all information undermining the government's account of 9/11 and hence the archetypal image of "America Under Attack." When a particular mindset governs the collective consciousness to promote a particular agenda, such as the U.S. government's account of 9/11 parroted by the mainstream media without judicious investigation, the result is what McMurtry (2007) refers to as a "ruling group-mind" (RGM) ...(American Behavioral Scientist Journal, Vol. 53, Num. 6, p. 863, emphasis added). Can you see that this is the "Newspeak" George Orwell talked about in his book "1984"?
Shame on those who fancy themselves as "progressives" while they kowtow to fear, then help the government spread that fear and oppression to fellow citizens.
A free press must serve faithfully to be considered American journalists, but alas, Huffington Post has become hokey.
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