‘Fake news’ is nothing but a new term for the age old curses of rumour or propaganda, so it’s good to be reminded that these were always with us. 

And let’s remember to keep adding a pinch of salt to the spice bowls of rumour. 

 

Rumour who loves to spice big bowls of the false

With a pinch of the true,

And who, gulping her own confections,

Grows from nearly nothing to fill the whole world. 

 

Source: Ted Hughes, ‘Hercules and Dejanira’, Tales from Ovid (London: Faber and Faber, 1997), p. 154

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