Most people consider their views their own. But every now or then, circumstances arise to uncover that the public is presented with a viewpoint that seems to be universally accepted. Surely, it must be correct - the whole world is speaking with the same voice! But do the facts reflect the message?
If Americans wish to truly understand world opinion, they need to delve into the realm of the foreign press. Images move emotions, while the written word shapes the prejudices. Current events are written about for one primary reason, to define the meaning of the event. Only the highly motivated and the most inquiring minds will investigate the facts for themselves. The majority will read the headlines, the leads and that is usually enough for them. The legendary "Fleet Street" is still the master of the composed attack.
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