to learn what was going on in the world

"The statement of the High Command. . . deliberately perpetrates the lie that Germany has only decided to bomb London as a result of the British -first- bombing Berlin. And the German people will fall for this, as they fall for almost everything they're told nowadays. Certainly never before in modern times - since the press, and later the radio, made it theoretically possible for the mass of mankind to learn what was going on in the world - have a great people been so misled, so unscrupulously lied to, as the Germans under this regime." - William Shirer, 1940