this is what’s quite hard to communicate imo. no, we don’t have a ministry of truth as in a big grey building that goes through everything and blacks out negative news. we do have something just as, perhaps more, effective tbqh.
Chomsky v Marr was quite revealing in this regard. When Chomsky said you don’t need to self-censor because the system only promotes journos to positions of prominence if they accept an establishment consensus. It’s a self-selecting system. Marr knew what Wategrate was, which Chomsky rightly said was actually “small beer”, but he had no idea what COINTELPRO which was a far worse scandal at the same time in America but was barely covered, which said it all really. And Marr was still arguing the point that he didn’t censor himself, and Chomsky quite elegantly said, you don’t have to, because if you didn’t believe what you believe you wouldn’t be sitting there right now. they wouldn’t let you.