NBC describes communism as “one of modern history’s pivotal experiments.” [Darleen Click]
Along with soaring music and images of art & culture that pre-dates the Soviet death-camp era. Gobsmacking.
“The towering presence, the empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint. The revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it’s passion that endures. As a more reliable right to their collective heart. What they build in aspirations lifted by imagination. What they craft, through the wonder of every last detail. How magical the fusion of sound and movement can be. How much a glass of distilled perfection and an overflowing table can matter. Discover the Russian people through these indelible signatures. Discover what we share with them through the games that open here tonight.”
George Orwell, call your office. As he wrote in “Politics and the English Language,” in 1946, such euphemisms are “designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable,” and certainly describing Communism as “one of modern history’s pivotal experiments” fits the bill in spades.
Walter Duranty, call your office.
Stacy McCain explains why this “pivotal experiment” is the Worst Idea in the World.
I see that geoffb spotted this before I did.Tags: communism, nbc, olympics, sochi