If this was anything except 1984, this wouldn't have been news at all.
It would still be news, it just wouldn't be as much fun to talk about (endless references to "memory holes" etc.) -- not unlike the fact that the guy who made off with billions of other peoples' money is named Madoff.
"It is better to have tried and failed than to have failed to try, but the result's the same." - Mike Dennison