"Newspeak was the official language of Oceania and had been devised to meet the ideological needs of Ingsoc, or English Socialism," wrote George Orwell in his prescient 1949 dystopian novel 1984.
It may be decades late to the game, but National Public Radio (NPR) already has lapped the competition with its recent edict issued to reporters ordering them to sanitize the manner by which the network discusses its obvious pro-abortion bias. In one flick of the keyboard, an abortion clinic is transformed into a "medical health clinic that performs abortions."
Why the difference?
"The point is to not to use abortion before the word clinic," writes NPR's Mark Memmott, supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices. "The clinics perform other procedures and not just abortions," he sniffs as if the distinction is germane to a conversation about abortion.
Later, he quotes "additional guidance" when it comes to addressing the Unborn Victims of Violence Act from Joe Neel, NPR's deputy senior supervising editor and a correspondent on the Science Desk:
The term "unborn" implies that there is a baby inside a pregnant woman, not a fetus. Babies are not babies until they are born. They're fetuses. Incorrectly calling a fetus a "baby" or "the unborn" is part of the strategy used by antiabortion groups to shift language/legality/public opinion. Use "unborn" only when referring to the title of the bill (and after President Bush signs it, the Unborn Victims of Violence Law). Or qualify the use of "unborn" by saying "what anti-abortion groups call the 'unborn' victims of violence." The most neutral language to refer to the death of a fetus during a crime is "fetal homicide."
And this: "It is acceptable to use the phrase 'anti-abortion rights,' but do not use the term 'pro-abortion rights.'"
By “parasites” they mean unborn babies in the womb.— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) May 22, 2019
This is truly despicable... pic.twitter.com/0TuGX0taeU
There's much more, but this is but a sample of what NPR's corporate sponsors and government supporters promote with the assistance of taxpayer funding — an Orwellian newspeak where the horrific is euphemized into splitting hairs between embryos and fetuses.
The ideological perversion of language predicted in Orwell's book is rooted in the Marxist/socialist dialectics bandied about by Soviet sympathizers and other collectivist-oriented intellectuals during the Red surge of 1930s Europe.
One year later, Arthur Koestler depicted his personal memories of dialectics in his essay "The Initiates."
Collected with five other essays written by former die-hard communists in The God That Failed, the essay recounts Koestler's experiences attempting to join a German communist cell between the two world wars. Among the tactics employed by the gatekeepers of the cell Koestler wishes to join is keeping the initiate off-balance mentally by consistently altering the commonly understood meanings of words and phrases.