Monday, May 24, 2010

The Federal Con$ Create Ministry of Truthiness

So, the HarperCon$ want to control the message online as well ... and they want to use Canada's taxpayer money to do it:

The next time you post an opinion in an online forum or a Facebook group message board, don't be surprised if you get a rebuttal from a federal employee.

The government is looking for ways to monitor online chatter about political issues and correct what it perceives as misinformation.


If that doesn't have enough shades of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, it gets richer yet.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has paid the firm $75,000 "to monitor social activity and help identify ... areas where misinformation is being presented and repeated as fact," Simone MacAndrew, a department spokesperson, said in an email.

The firm alerts the government to questionable online comments and then employees in Foreign Affairs or the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, who have recently been trained in online posting, point the authors to information the government considers more accurate.


Really? Considering the track record of the HarperCon$ for lying to the Canadian public on a host of issues, and taking every step they can to cover things up and reduce both transparency and accountability to the Canadians, this whole endeavor stinks of the government creating its own propaganda ministry - one which will inevitably step beyond dealing in facts.

Heck they might as well just call it "Pravda" ... it will be about as credible.

3 comments:

VĂ©ronique said...

This morning I wrote that our prime minister sucks. I wonder if that's "misinformation." :)

Anonymous said...

The ministry of Truthiness (tm) would have to counter Veronique's statement by pointing her to a website that claims that Harper doesn't suck.....quite the opposite in fact, he blows ..... oh, wait a minute..... :)

SB

Anonymous said...

The real 'pain' for this is that as an employee of the Feds we can be muzzled 'for the good of the ministry'....

E.