Monday letters: Beware of propagandists

August 19, 2013 

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VINCENT GIORDANO

— Joseph Goebbels once told members of the Nazi party that the propagandist need not be concerned with the truth, only that the propaganda be believable.

We should remember the rule of propaganda when we read the letters to the editor, ads and all forms of the electronic or social media.

Propaganda was created by religious organizations to propagate the “faith” to non-believers. Therefore it is no surprise that its authors display an evangelical zeal.

Since propaganda techniques are no longer taught in school and few news outlets have the time or desire to fact check the content of their ads and letters, the propagandists have nothing to check the truth of their messages.

No wonder so few of them are constrained by ethics, or citizenship, as they spread their message.

William Clyde Heitsman Jr.

Darlington

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