Because more and more governments are mirroring the authoritarian regimes depicted in his works, the media can't help but draw parallels. His own belief in democratic socialism resembles the "political revolution" championed by Bernie Sanders that has captivated so much of this country, and if not for dirty tricks, would have won the Democratic Party's bid for President.
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He is important because he was one of the first international journalists that report the truth of the false. Journalists nowadays are nothing like George Orwell, who only report the real news instead of being bias.