The term “fake news” has risen in popularity in recent years, but “alternative facts” have actually been used throughout the history of the world. Here’s an interesting example.
During World War II, the German minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, used his position to attack Jews, Christians, and other groups that he felt threatened the Nazi government. Goebbels was also heavily involved in the attempt to break the British people’s resolve during the London blitz.
Using a picture of Winston Churchill holding a Tommy Gun, Goebbels printed leaflets and posters that would be dropped over England during air raids. On the papers, he had phrases such as “Wanted for Incitement to Murder” or “Sniper” printed next to the photo along with a plea for the British people to save their families from the British “madman.”
Alternatively, the British cropped out the soldiers around Churchill to make the photo appear more “statesmanlike” and used it to encourage the people. Same picture, but different biases. The media truly does attempt to control and influence its followers.
So don’t let fake news or alternative facts stop you from learning the real story. Do your own digging and research to find the Hidden History behind the event.
Written by Ryan Troutman