Accuracy in Media

While much of the media noted the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, Marion Smith, the executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. recently took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal and reminded the world that communism remains the malevolent force that it has always been. “As important as the fall of the Berlin Wall was, it was not the end of what John F. Kennedy called the ‘long, twilight struggle’ against a sinister ideology,” writes Smith. “By looking at the population statistics of several nations we can estimate that 1.5 billion people still live under communism.” This evil is a daily, present force for misery abroad still, yet it goes on ignored or downplayed by the American media.

While there have been roughly 100 million dead victims of communism, according to the authoritative Black Book of Communism, its totalitarian regimes have failed to generate the widespread fear and loathing associated by most of our liberal news media organizations and by Hollywood with Nazi Germany. Smith adds 400 million abortions from China’s one-child policy to the death toll that communism has wrought worldwide.

But Nazis continue, some 70 years after the death of Adolf Hitler, to be the evil, totalitarian force that Hollywood falls back on to incite fear and loathing. The Nazis certainly were that, and deserve that judgment from history. The Holocaust, in which some six million Jews were murdered, stands as one of the singular atrocities in history. But other than Hollywood’s decision to give an Academy Award for best foreign film in 2006 to “The Lives of Others,” which depicted life in the Communist police state of East Germany, Hollywood has, both in TV and on the screen, largely ignored the blight on the 20th and 21st centuries that communism was, and continues to be. As a matter of fact, communists are often portrayed as heroic revolutionaries who fought for the common man and social justice, and were unfairly singled out for persecution or assassination by the American government, particularly by conservatives.

“Today, Communist regimes continue to brutalize and repress the hapless men, women and children unlucky enough to be born in the wrong country,” writes Marion Smith, who points to China, Vietnam, Laos, Cuba, and, perhaps, the “most shocking,” North Korea. Lives have been lost, tortured, imprisoned, starved—all under the banner of communism. The perpetrators are even nearby, just off the coast of the United States: “In Cuba, a moribund Communist junta maintains a chokehold on the island nation,” writes Smith. “Arbitrary arrests, beatings, intimidation and total media control are among the tools of the current regime, which has never owned up to its bloody past.”

In 2007, I produced a 30-minute video for AIM that marked the unveiling of the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington. You can view it here. It includes comments by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), former Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), and former President George W. Bush.

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  • John H Newcomb

    Aronoff has done a good job at underscoring the threat of current communist regimes but need to add to that is the current Kremlin move to “rehabilitate” Sovietism and its Stalinist history. President Putin now says the Hitler-Stalin Pact was a good idea (see Snyder reference below), and recently had said (to an assembly of rabbis, no less!) that Goebbels was a smart man.

    Putin has renamed a Moscow police unit as the Dzerzhinsky Battalion, after the founder of the mass-murdering Cheka/NKVD/KGB. The irony of the brand-new Russian media-propaganda initiative “Sputnik” choosing a story on hidden Trotsky revolutions is strange, until one understands that Trotsky was killed by Stalin when the dissident became a thorn in the side of Stalin.

    What is happening is that Putin is turning Russia back into an authoritarian state and is re-forming an axis with other such states around the world – including Cuba, Venezuela, etc.
    – Snyder: “Putin’s New Nostalgia”:
    – Sputnik: “Trotskist-Type Revolutions Go On Without the World Even Knowing It”:

  • Maria-Erlinda Martinez

    Hey, the “mainstream” media, academia, the arts and entertainment, the intelligentsia, organized labor, and theology of “liberation” religion –huge sectors of all of which are in the hands of the traitorous domestic hardcore-Left in America (i.e., there is not such a thing as “American hardcore-Left”, as the domestic hardcore-Left in America is viscerally anti-American)– keep banging on the Nazi (and its fraternal-twin, fascism) bogeyman and ascribing it to the Right for two main reasons:

    1- The hardcore-Left has finagled, since Stalin times, to make the naive and the ill-informed believe that Nazism (and its fraternal-twin, fascism) belongs in the Right, when the fact is that Nazism (and its fraternal-twin, fascism) is a variation of socialism, a half-baked version of it, if you will. Check chapter 12 “The Socialist Roots of Nazism” in F. A. Hayek’s seminal opus “The Road to Serfdom”. Add to it the section “Why Are We Socialists?” in Joseph Goebbels’ pamphlet that he sarcastically titled “Those Damned Nazis!”. And if that isn’t enough, read Rohan Butler’s “The Roots of National Socialism”. It all stems since Stalin’s times from the fact that –IN TERMS OF ECONOMICS– Nazism (and its fraternal-twin, fascism) is LESS INEFFICIENT than all other main forms of socialism (i.e., social-“democracy”, “democratic”-socialism, and Marxist-socialism; hence Stalin’s Communist International and all those on the planet infatuated with what Lenin and Stalin had achieved took it as a task to trash Nazism (and its fraternal-twin, fascism). Progressives of the line of Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, however, were at one time admirers of Nazism (and its fraternal-twin, fascism). In Nazism (and its fraternal-twin, fascism) remnants of free-enterprise exist, for in that system, government must EITHER co-own (or at least cozy up to) for the purpose of boosting, OR tightly control, for the purpose of busting SELECT ways and SELECT means of SELECT production and SELECT distribution of SELECT goods and SELECT services in society. Whereas in social-democracy, co-ownership is replaced with FULL ownership, although still retaining the SELECTIVITY of Nazism (and of its fraternal-twin, fascism). In “democratic”-socialism, FULL ownership is adopted, but the SELECTIVITY in both Nazism (and its fraternal-twin, fascism) and social-“democracy” disappears, and FULL ownership applies to ALL ways and ALL means of ALL production and ALL distribution of ALL goods and ALL services in society. Marxist socialism resembles “democratic”-socialism to some extent, with the difference that it is intended to be entirely classless, internationalist, and only a steppingstone to Marx’s “ultimate aim”: Marxist (i.e., stateless and worldwide) communism.

    2- Then, once the horrors that Nazism (and its fraternal-twin, fascism) was committing started to be known, the hardcore-Left had another incentive to ascribe Nazism (and its fraternal-twin, fascism) to the Right, at the same time helping to provide covert to the horrors that Lenin and Stalin had committed. The routine continued all along until these times. The Left at large (i.e., the softcore-Left such as bleeding heart liberals and the doctrinaire Keynesians, along with the hardcore-Left) panics at the prospect that the horrors that the Leninist hardcore-Left committed and keeps committing could be exposed. So, they keep banging the drums with Nazism (and its fraternal-twin, fascism) and ascribing it to the Right. You can see on cable TV, particularly on the channels that Oprah Winfield owns, how they keep dwelling on Nazi Germany, and absolutely nothing is said about the horrors Lenin, Stalin and their successors committed in the Soviet Union, and what the tyrants in the rest of the Soviet Bloc committed. Nothing gets exposed about the horrors of Mao, the Kim dynasty in N. Korea, the Castros, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Abimael Guzman (Peru’s Shining Path), etc.

    Lesson learned: Conservatives must make efforts to 1- Expose loudly and pervasively the horrors committed by the Leninist Left as well as, to some extent, by the Marxist-proper. 2- Expose loudly and pervasively the fact that Nazism and its fraternal twin, fascism, actually belong in the Left, exposing at the same time the great deception and diversion the Left has committed through decades by assigning it to the Right, and why..