Some credit Joseph Goebbels as one of the forefathers of fake news. Goebbels served as Adolf Hitler’s Propaganda Minister in Nazi Germany. However, historians point to an earlier date, based upon Hitler’s 1925 book Mein Kampt which conceived the concept of “the big lie.” If you repeat a lie over and over again, those who hear it will begin to belief it as truth.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator, Colossians 3:9-10.
Bogus, counterfeit and phony are words synonomous with being fake. In the days and weeks following Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election, the liberal media is blaming her defeat on fake news. Unfortunately, with ninety percent of cable, newspapers and universities on her side, there has to be a better explanation. Perhaps, the slogan Stronger Together didn’t resonate with voters.
For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light, Luke 8:17.
One of the reasons fake news exists today is through a commonly held worldview. Postmodernism believes individuals create our their own reality, there is no absolute truth and that all moral values are relative. These core beliefs set the stage for fake news. Subsequently, when someone does not like the outcome of an event, decision or new legislation, fake news is spread through political talking points to override the will of the people. May those who spread these lies be exposed by the Holy Spirit for all to see.
by Jay Mankus