The radio has made fools of us all

An again relevant observation from Iris Origo’s A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary, 1939-1940.

April 8th 1939

The ultimate result of unceasing propaganda has now been to cancel out the effect of all news alike.  One man said to me, “The radio has made fools of us all.” Late last night a further Italian bulletin stated that the accounts given in anti-Fascist countries of the Albanian operations “are so fantastic that it is not worth while to deny them – as they follow the same methods adopted during the Ethiopian war.  It is now known and proved that the Fascist regime uses one method only: always to tell the truth.”

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