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Friday, September 02, 2005

George Orwell's Warning to Left Wing Journalists and Intellectuals

... a message to English left-wing journalists and intellectuals generally: 'Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for. Don't imagine that for years on end you can make yourself the boot-licking propogandist of the Soviet regime, or of any other regime, and then suddenly return to mental decency. Once a whore always a whore.'

- George Orwell, As I please, from Tribune, 1st September 1944.
The above quote is taken from the book, Rising '44 by Norman Davies. The article written by George Orwell was berating the English press and intellectuals in their subservient adoration of anything the Soviets did, without even critically examining what was going on.

I thought it quite apt for any time period. For New Zealand going into an election, something for our own leftists to heed.

Which reminds me of something. Last year before I started blogging, an opinion piece of Chris Trotter's in the Dominion Post threw me into a rage, which I think lasted several days. He wrote something to the effect that it wasn't the Soviet's fault they couldn't get accross the Wistula river to help the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. I knew that the Soviets did this on purpose. Now it all begins to make sense, though. Last year a Warsaw Uprising Museum was opening in Poland, the opening attended by the British, Americans and Germans. Yet there was nothing about this at all in the Dominion Post except Chris Trotter's opinion. I wish I kept the offending bit of writing so I can check the date it was published. I wouldn't be surprised if it was August last year.

Warsaw Uprising Site

Posted by Lucia Maria | 9/02/2005 05:40:00 pm


Blogger reid said...

Anyone who lives in Auckland Central might like to visit Video Ezy Ponsonby and get the DVD: "Orwell rolls in his grave" from their recent release section.

It runs the ruler over US media coverage and ownership. It is a leftie perspective, but IMO, the left/right spectrum is outmoded anyway, and it has some good information on the reasons behind the bias and superficiality that runs across the western world...

Thank goodness for blogsites such as yours.....

9/02/2005 06:31:00 pm  
Blogger docjok said...

So Lu - you obviously don't subscribe to the Pretty Woman theory of whoredom redemption for left wing hacks

9/02/2005 08:10:00 pm  
Blogger Lucia Maria said...

Absolutely not, docjok.

Thankyou, Reid. We aim to be as non-PC as possible. And my aim is put in a historical context to what is going on.

9/02/2005 08:16:00 pm  

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