Saturday, December 17, 2016

Now It Can Be Told

"Now It Can Be Told" is the title of a song and several books, but for some of us Now It Can Be Told was always the title of the science fiction novel written by Kurt Vonnegut's fictional character Kilgore Trout about the origins of the universe. The catchy name can be taken to mean either that we previously knew the story and could not bring ourselves to speak it or we did not have enough details to put together the true story. The latter explanation could mean - we did not have the details because we did not try hard enough, did not care, or simply had other priorities.

Whichever the explanation - and I believe the regular media (NYT and others could not bring themselves to come forward due to an antiquated model for objective journalism), today "Now It Can be Told" is the story of the 2016 presidential election in the United States and the failure of the media to tell the true, correct, and complete story.
So now we have "How a Putin Fan Overseas Pushed Pro-Trump Propaganda to Americans" and the FBI joining the CIA to finally admit they know that Putin was behind the stolen emails and carefully timed distribution to the "objective" media to cause maximum damage to Democrats Hillary Clinton and Congressional candidates.
"Now It Can Be Told" can also refer to the story finally emerging in the objective press of the stark difference between the America with D. Trump as president and the America with Hillary Clinton as president. Only after the election of November 8th, after the "horse race" is over do we finally find serious discussion in the press of the vast difference in the life of the country that we now must fully expect in the coming kleptocracy.
The twisted logic is that if the press accurately reported the coming horrors while the campaign was in full swing, they could have been accused of bias and needed to avoid accusations of bias at all costs, while other unscrupulous actors like that Putin fan could infiltrate the information bubble with his propaganda. Only now, when it is too late to do any good, now it can be told.

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