ABC News reported Monday that the Obama campaign is recruiting two million supporters for a “grassroots communications team” with the Orwellian name Truth Team. Kirsten Kukowski, Republican National Committee spokesperson, responded, “The Obama campaign is organizing propaganda teams to deceive voters because Americans are catching onto the reality that Obama’s record doesn’t match his rhetoric.”
Most of the time I don’t agree with Republicans (or Democrats), but this time they might be onto something. Personally, his failure to end the War on Terror and close Guantanamo Bay (instead further violating human rights at home and abroad) is enough to make up my mind. Other broken promises that irk me include government transparency, taxing the rich, and universal healthcare (unless you believe mandated purchasing of insurance from corrupt companies counts as a win). You can check out PolitiFact’s Obameter for a whole list of Obama’s progress on his campaign promises. So why do we need the Truth Team then?
It appears Obama’s White House is taking all the help he can get, even if it means deliberately influencing news by attending Common Purpose Project meetings and a “weekly strategy call” with organizations like Media Matters and the Center for American Progress. To get an understanding of the impact of these strategies, you should know that Media Matters alone plans to spend nearly $20 million in 2012 to “influence news coverage.” Ironically, the top story right now on the Truth Team’s own website AttackWatch.com criticizes the amount of money conservatives are spending “to defeat President Obama.”
Watch out for Big Brother. Before you know it, Newspeak and doublethink will sneak up on our liberties quietly but openly. The Truth Team will become the Thought Police, and as we all know, without freedom, “thoughtcrime is death.”
Check out the great Truth Team Comics by Zombie.