Foreign News: Battle of Babble

Lies, rumors, jokes, canards, insults, obscenities, denials, bluffs, excuses, exhortations, explanations, reassurances, trial balloons and grotesque distortions continued to spew from the world's radios last week. Most of it was Axis concoctions; some of it was Allied counter-propaganda. Behind the radio barrage fell a blizzard of newspaper squibs, handbills, pamphlets, posters. In free countries men speculated aloud with laughter and curses; in Europe they whispered behind their hands in dim cafes and shuttered homes. It was a big week in the battle of babble.

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