‘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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