sheepoleth [ shee-puh-lith, ‐leth ]
- a peculiarity of unjustified belief that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons.
- a slogan or catchword that regurgitates the mainstream Narrative
- a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth that is accepted by the average individual without skepticism, critical thought, or question.
“Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie. I saw great battles reported where there had been no fighting, and complete silence where hundreds of men had been killed. I saw troops who had fought bravely denounced as cowards and traitors, and others who had never seen a shot fired hailed as heroes of imaginary victories; and I saw newspapers in London retailing these lies and eager intellectuals building emotional superstructures over events that never happened. I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines.'”
-George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia