I musta subscribed to that rag for 20 years.
Being part of Biblical "Persia", I'd say it's safe to say that part of the world has been and will be involved in the "news" till the end of time.
Critical thinking done in the absence of context and relevance can only produce something useful to someone with an overactive imagination.
Truth by assertion is the cornerstone of propaganda.
“Man is so avid for knowledge that everything he touches turns to facts; his faith becomes theology, his love becomes lechery, his wisdom becomes science. Pursuing meaning, he ignores truth.”