Current events with commentary by Rabbi Avigdor Miller
Iran Nuke Deal Based on Lies, Made-up Stories
Media figure B_____ shaped a “story” about the so-called origins of the Iran deal, involving a “moderate” faction inside the Iranian regime and their so-called policy of “openness.”
“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” B_____ said. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo… They literally know nothing.” As the story evolved, “arms-control experts” began popping up at think tanks and on social media. These experts became “sources” for legions of ignorant reporters.
“We created an echo chamber,’ B_____ explained, “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”
You think the newspapers are reporting the news? They are making the news.
From Prayer in Prosperity (#60):
I’m not going to press anybody when it comes to reading material. But since the subject came up: if people don’t have a radio, you don’t know how lucky you are. You are bnei Olam Haba (have earned a place in the World to Come). You don’t need the news, because all the news is made to order. You think that the radio and the newspapers and the television are reporting the news? That’s a great error. They are making the news. You don’t realize that. The news is not what they report. They take certain items and they magnify them, they emphasize them, and they make them prominent, and that becomes the day’s news. But other things pass by, either they’re on the back pages or they’re no pages at all…
You don’t sell newspapers on decent things. Newspapers are built on lies, on exaggerations, and blowing up things. And the foolish public think they’re getting the news. They’re getting falsehood, distortions. So why should you be a sucker and pay money and read their ads and patronize the liars who are exploiting you for money? It’s only for money. And you think you’re getting the news.