‘Fake’ News: Lies to Manipulate the Masses

I've seen reporters stage riots and lie about their location to make the evening news.

Yes, Donald Trump is correct about fake news. So much of what we hear is propaganda and lies used to manipulate the masses.

By Mike Evans Published on June 28, 2017

The media say they are the torch for freedom and the key to a healthy democracy. So it’s no surprise that they’re outraged at President Trump, who has branded much of them as “fake news.” But the president is right.

The Founder of ‘Fake’ News

What exactly is “fake” news? The word fake means to conceal the truth in order to deceive. Who decides what is news? What is the objective of the news? Is it to deceive? Why is the majority of the news the same? Why is it rarely ever good news?

Propaganda is partial information used primarily to influence an audience and advance an agenda by presenting selective facts. It is lying by omission. It has been used since the beginning of time to collapse civilizations.

Fake news has been around just as long. The founder of fake news is Satan, the Deceiver. He is the Father of Lies, murderer, the accuser of the brethren, and the god of this world.

For decades, The New York Times touts its coverage as “all the news that’s fit to print.” Really? Who are they to tell me that their news is all I am fit to know? Are they truly telling us what we need to know? The mainstream media bangs away day and night on a 24/7 cycle trying to convince the American people that Donald Trump was complicit with the Russians in gaming the 2016 U.S. election. Is that news, or simply “fake” news and propaganda? The Times’ new slogan is “the truth is more important than ever.” If only they believed it.

War and the Media

Who puts a moral value on the news? Is it simply to deceive and dumb down the American people? The new wars of the 21st century are media wars, ideological wars, economic wars, and proxy wars.

I asked a former chief of staff the question: When do wars begin and when do they end? He replied, “It’s determined by the media.”

So much of what we hear is propaganda and lies used to manipulate the masses.

During an interview, Farah Pahlavi told me that then-President Jimmy Carter pressured her husband, the Shah of Iran, to allow freedom of the press in his country, to free political prisoners, and allow freedom of religion. Unless the Shah did so, he would receive no replacement parts for airplanes or helicopters. Carter told the Shah that he was making this demand because of human rights.

The former queen of Iran relayed her husband’s response to Carter’s demands: “If I do this, the Russians will invade Afghanistan; there will be an Islamic revolution; Iraq will go to war against our country, and who knows what horror will come upon the earth.”

‘Fake’ News as a Weapon

As a journalist who has specialized in the Middle East for over forty years, there is no doubt in my mind the lies of which the mainstream media is capable. I watched a reporter in the Palestinian Territory set up riots and tell the participants when to throw rocks in order to make the evening news. I saw a network reporter in Somalia being driven around in a warlord’s pick-up truck, staying in the warlord’s home, and holding up a sack of narcotics while claiming it was maize. The reporter wanted to do a story on humanitarian aid. In Haifa, which is in Israel, a CNN reporter dressed in a helmet and flak jacket stood atop a 4-star hotel and went live on the evening news claiming he was in Lebanon.

There is no doubt in my mind the lies of which the mainstream media is capable.

The media is a powerful weapon if terror is taken as a prime example. Many of the suicide bombings would not happen without media coverage, an effective recruitment tool for jihadists. It attracts funds and recruits while memorializing terrorists and lionizing the organization. Why do the names of terrorists have to be acknowledged in the media?

The Israel/Palestinian crisis has never been a self-inspired narrative of propaganda; it has been spread by the mainstream media. It has been called the “key to Middle East peace.” That peace resolution will not come with a resolution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. The Jewish people in Israel have never been killed over land, but always for being Jews. The media won’t reveal that fact. This same approach is used when Christians are massacred in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Afghanistan. These attacks go mostly unacknowledged by the mainstream media.

When ‘News’ Distorts Reality

I arranged the Fox Network interview with former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Following his television appearance, I asked him why was the lifespan of Zionists eighty-two years and that of Iranians sixty-two years. Why was there such a disparity? He looked at me and replied very seriously, “That is a very good question, and we have found the answer: It is because of rats. The Zionists infect rats with poison and turn them loose in our fields. The rats eat our crops and we die twenty years sooner.”

Looking back at him, I asked, “Is this a joke?”

He replied sternly, “I don’t joke!”

“How are the rats taught to swim 200 miles across the Persian Gulf?” I asked.

During a Middle East Peace Conference, I debated Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi. She stated that Jesus was the first Palestinian Christian born in the Muslim town of Bethlehem. My response to her was that Jesus Christ was a Jew, born in the Jewish town of Bethlehem. She responded, “Don’t confuse me with the facts. My mind is made up. Don’t distort my reality.”

Yes, Donald Trump is correct about fake news. So much of what we hear is propaganda and lies used to manipulate the masses.

 

Mike Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with 72 published books. He is the founder of Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem. www.fozmuseum.com

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  • blackfeather

    right out of the communist manifesto.

  • Jim Walker

    This is great news and truth reporting. Kudos to you sir !

  • Tim Welch

    Thank you Mr Evans for a magnificent piece!

  • Fake News is not something new. It’s been around for a very long time, if for no other reasons, than lies often sell better than the truth:

    “…Many Americans have an undying faith in the media and thus revere this man-made entity without realizing they are doing so…. People who idolize the media are, at the best, naïve:

    ‘The simple [naïve] believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.’ (Proverbs 14:15)

    “We are to live “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Yahweh” (Deuteronomy 8:3). The word of everyone else should be judged by “the mouth of two or three witnesses” (2 Corinthians 13:1).

    “Howard Beal of Network described the media:

    ‘If you want truth, don’t come to us. We will tell you anything but the truth. Go to God.… Go to your gurus, go to yourselves. But, don’t come to us.… Your lives are real, we are an illusion.’36

    “That is what an idol is: an illusion… The impression of an independent press in America is part of the illusion. In 1898, at an annual dinner of the American Press Association, John Swinton, the one-time editor-in-chief of the New York Times, was called upon to toast journalism and America’s free press. He responded in a surprising way:

    ‘There is no such thing in America as an independent press, unless it is in the country towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write his honest opinions, and if you did you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150.00 a week for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with—others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things—and any of you who would be so foolish as to write his honest opinions would be out on the street looking for another job. The business of the New York journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to revile, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his race and his country for his daily bread. You know this and I know it, and what folly is this to be toasting an “Independent Press.” We are
    tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.’39

    “Mr. Swinton identified modern journalism as a crime:

    ‘Journalism, once a profession, and then a trade, is now a crime.’40….”

    For more, see “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,” the second in a series of ten free online books on each of the Ten Commandments and their respective statutes and judgments. Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page and scroll down to the title.

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

    like the new york pravda times, can ever be trusted anymore. where do i get, my news? mainly from scripture, since i, compare everything today with what is written in scripture about today. if it is a match, it is true if not it is false.

  • Brenda Sinclair

    FAKES NEWS is reporting false made up lies, rumors,slander, americans wants and deserves the truth and will not settle for fake news THOSE DOING FAKE NEWS ARE THE CHILDREN OF SATAN THE FATHER OF ALL LIES, THEY SURE ARE NOT GODS CHILDREN

  • Sydco

    Good article!! Thank you, Mike Evans, for a clear bit of insight. We don’t have to allow ourselves to be manipulated–but it takes *effort* to check stories and also be willing to examine the “other” side, collecting facts and evidence before leaping aboard.

    **”Propaganda is partial information used primarily to influence an audience and advance an agenda by presenting selective facts. It is lying by omission. It has been used since the beginning of time to collapse civilizations.
    Fake news has been around just as long. The founder of fake news is Satan, the Deceiver. He is the Father of Lies, murderer, the accuser of the brethren, and the god of this world.”**

  • Beth Worland Held

    Thanks Mike for enlightening article. I enjoyed the many guffaws, especially the one at the end, … the Palestine Christian Bethlehem … It’s this ridiculousness that reinforces my belief in end time prophecy, I keep looking up … anytime now.

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    The populace has allowed and is allowing truth/facts to be over-run by everything fake.
    I’ll take the Torah of Yahweh over this whole mess any day.

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