A friend of mine emailed this one to me, and I had to laugh at it, because it shows the duplicity of the press as does no other. Consider how the French press, through Moniteur, covered the escape of Napoleon Bonaparte from his exile on Elbe, and his return to Paris:

 Moniteur, March 1815

The following headlines appeared in the French newspaper Moniteur in March of 1815. These banners announced Napoleon's return from Elba to Paris. What do they tell you about the return of Napoleon?

March 9 The Monster has escaped from his place of banishment.
March 10 The Corsican Orge has landed at Cape Juan
March 11 TheTiger has shown himself at Gap. The Troops are advancing on all sides to arrest his progress. He will conclude his miserable adventure by becoming a wanderer among the mountains.
March 12 The Monster has actually advanced as far as Grenoble
March 13 The Tyrant is now at Lyon. Fear and Terror seized all at his appearance.
March 18 The Usurper has ventured to approach to within 60 hours' march of the capital.
March 19 Bonaparte is advancing by forced marches, but it is impossible he can reach Paris.
March 20 Napoleon will arrive under the walls of Paris tomorrow.
March 21 The Emperor Napoleon is at Fountainbleau
March 22 Yesteday evening His Majesty the Emperor made his public entry and arrived at the Tuileries. Nothing can exceed the universal joy.
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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. MattB on July 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm


  2. Edu on July 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    LOL they seem to have been keeping the traditions for a long time. And people still seems to have extra short memories… sad.

  3. Robert Barricklow on July 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Presstitutes …down to the bone.

  4. legioXIV on July 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    That is brilliant and the funny thing is that nothing has changed.

    • legioXIV on July 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      That is quite a turnaround, from monster to universally loved emperor in 14 days. Very impressive.

  5. Jedi on July 1, 2012 at 5:04 am

    The emperor may have no clothes, but he has a pretty good script writer(s).

  6. Dashiell Cabasa on July 1, 2012 at 3:52 am

    terrific lol

  7. Radu on June 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Haha, this was a good one, thank you for posting this Dr. Farrell.
    I must say however that i expected such “turn of events” from them (the French press). This is part of human nature after all, you can see such thing many times in history.

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