Comment: Personally..

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I think "they" underestimated the internets power and speed of adoption.

This lead to an inability to control the flow of info and the truth was inevitable to anyone whose looking. even back in the day people knew the truth, but it was just much harder to find.

Tools of war are not always obvious. The worst weapon is an idea planted in the mind of man. Prejudices can kill, suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has an everlasting fallout all of its own.