the Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Todays issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winstons job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. George Orwell, 1984″
And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
if all records told the same talethen the lie passed into
history and became truth. Who controls the past, ran the
Party slogan, controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past. George Orwell, 1984″
Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially not insofar
as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent.