Foreign News: Fact & Fiction

What is propaganda? Once the word meant nothing more than the legitimate promulgation of ideas. World War I and the methods of totalitarian governments later gave the word a new meaning, linked it to organized, wide-scale lying, the deliberate manufacture of atrocity stories, misrepresentation of enemy aims, minimizing of enemy successes, exaggeration of enemy defeats, the conscious manipulation of sentiments to arouse war spirit, hatred of the enemy at home and sympathy among neutrals abroad. The pattern of propaganda remains the same, though varying in degree and accent according to the country...

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