->''"Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word 'no.' The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullshit, and donít actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but [[AssPull still want to run it.]]"''
-->-- '''Betteridge's law of newspaper headlines'''
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->''"Has it ever occurred to you how astonishing the culture of Western society really is? Industrialized nations provide their citizens with unprecedented safety, health, and comfort. Average life spans increased fifty percent in the last century. Yet modern people live in abject fear. They are afraid of strangers, of disease, of crime, of the environment. They are afraid of the homes they live in, the food they eat, the technology that surrounds them. They are in a particular panic over things they can't even see--germs, chemicals, additives, pollutants. They are timid, nervous, fretful, and depressed. And even more amazingly, they are convinced that the environment of the entire planet is being destroyed around them. Remarkable! Like the belief in witchcraft, it's an extraordinary delusion--a global fantasy worthy of the Middle Ages. Everything is going to hell, and we must all live in fear. Amazing."''
-->-- '''''StateOfFear'''''

->''It is my professional opinion that now is the time to '''panic!'''''
-->-- '''Child expert''', ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.''

->''Very few SCIENTISTS BELIEVE AIDS MAY or may not HAVE MUTATED INTO AN AIRBORNE VIRUS!!! [=HOLDing=] YOUR BREATH is not necessary!''
-->-- ''{{Candorville}}''

->'''KRYTEN:''' There is no need to engage your panic chip, sir. The machine can only operate on organic life. I am mineral, and therefore immune.
->'''COMPUTER:''' New genetic structure accepted. Metamorphosis in ten seconds and counting.
->'''KRYTEN:''' Oh. Wait a minute. No. My brain is part organic and therefore it is ''entirely'' possible for the machine to transmogrify my physical condition. Engage panic circuits. Panic circuits engaged. Bwa-ha!
-->-- ''Series/RedDwarf,'' "DNA"

->'''Kent Brockman:''' Hordes of panicky people seem to be evacuating the town for some unknown reason. Professor, without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it's time for our viewers to crack each other's heads open and feast on the goo inside?\\
'''Professor:''' ''(soberly)'' Mmm, yes I would, Kent.
-->-- ''TheSimpsons''

->'''Hermes''': "Professor, sprinkle us with wisdom from your mighty brain. How scared should we be?"
->'''Professor''': "Somewhere between not at all and entirely."
->'''Zoidberg''': "I call entirely!"
->-- ''{{Futurama}}'': The Beast With a Billion Backs
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->''"Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste clamorous to be led to safety]]) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary."''
-->--'''HLMencken''', ''In Defense of Women'' (1918)

->''"...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and [[ARealManIsAKiller denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger]]. It works the same way in any country."''
-->--'''Hermann Goering'''

->''"Schoolchildren were told how to "save" themselves when the bombs fell. If in school, they were to hide under their desks. At home, parents were exhorted to build shelters in backyards or basements... 'Ninety-seven out of one hundred people can be saved,' if they would only get out those shovels, and take Civil Defense seriously. [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy Jack]] knew, of course, that this was nonsense, but the White House film critic and historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. assured his master that, if nothing else, this was one way 'of [[BadNewsInAGoodWay making foreign policy less abstract or remote]].' Arthur thought that the idea of being blown up [[MiseryBuildsCharacter would strengthen the fiber of the American people]]; he did fret that an appeal only to those with backyards might be too narrow an electoral base, since most of those who traditionally voted Democratic could not afford houses, much less backyards."''
-->-- '''Creator/GoreVidal''' on the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, ''Palimpsest''

->''"The story goes, Warnke led a large Satanist 'coven' in California in the late 1960s. He left Satanism (or was kicked out) after, he claims, he got too high in the 'organization' and [[HeKnowsTooMuch learned too much]], including his claim to have learned about a shadowy group called the '[[TheIlluminati Illuminati]]' at the top levels of Satanism...The Satanic Panic largely grew out of Mike Warnke's book ''The Satan Seller'' and his subsequent status as a media go-to '[[KnowNothingKnowItAll expert]]' on Satanism. Even today, belief in a widespread Satanic underground as first claimed by Warnke persists. His book still retains a following among the more paranoid, New World Order oriented conspiracy believers...Perhaps, if Christians had a bit more guile towards Bible-thumping sociopaths, they would have realized that some of Warnke's more outlandish claims -- for instance, that his watching the TV series ''{{Series/Bewitched}}'' as a kid sucked him into witchcraft and later Satanism -- [[PoesLaw were too outlandish to be true.]]"''
-->--RationalWiki on Pastor Mike Warnke

->''"There have been periodic episodes of this sort right through the [[TheEighties 1980s]]. There's been repeated, huge propaganda efforts establishing some awesome chimera about to destroy us, and then we're miraculously rescued at the last minute. International terrorists, we bomb Lybia and we're saved; narco-traffickers, you smash up Panama and we're saved; even [[EspeciallyZoidberg Grenada]], y'know, a hundred thousand people were set up as a major threat to our existence."''
-->--'''Noam Chomsky''' in 1991

->''"Where [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt FDR]] once told Americans that they had nothing to fear but fear itself, Ashcroft was delighted to play the part of Fear Itself, an assignment in which he let his imagination run riot."''
-->--'''Frank Rich''' on U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, ''The Greatest Story Ever Sold''

->''"We bang on about Islam. Why? Because to the ordinary public out there it's the thing they can understand. It's the thing the newspaper editors sell newspapers with. If we were to attack some other ethnic group ó some people say we should attack the Jews... the public would just think we were barking mad. They'd just think oh, you're attacking Jews just because you want to attack Jews. You're attacking this group of powerful Zionists just because you want to take poor Manny Cohen the tailor and shove him in a gas chamber. That's what the public would think. It wouldn't get us anywhere other than stepping backwards. It would lock us in a little box; the public would think 'extremist crank lunatics, nothing to do with me.' And we wouldn't get power."''
-->--'''Nick Griffin''', President of the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem British National Party]]

-> ''"Newspapers have been doing their bit to calm motorists with headlines like'' ''''PETROL: WE'RE RUNNING OUT!!!' 'STRIKE! SPARKS FUEL SHORTAGE FEARS!' '[[PunctuatedPounding WILL *pound* FUEL *pound* STOCKS *pound* RUN *pound* DRY?!]]''''"
--> '''[[BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]]''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23L4AHfd4xc on the petrol crisis,]] ''HaveIGotNewsForYou''

->''"Glenn, the Nazis are ''everywhere.'' And you're not safe! So here's what you do and take it from me, my people have been through this before: First, you've gotta find an attic. Then hide there for the next three years, and whatever you do, don't make a sound. We'll let you know when it's safe to come out."''
-->--'''LewisBlack''' to Radio/GlennBeck

->''"BillOReilly and many other ignorant news people are the real terrorists. Honestly, what brings more anxiety and 'terror' to your day to day life? A few thousand Americans murdered by scum bag extremists? Or the people that remind you that you could be next, every day of your life...that civilization is about to end because [[FauxHorrific 2 men want to get married?]] Or because some lame school [[MoralGuardians stopped singing christmas songs.]] Who cares? Apparently Bill O'Reilly does."''
-->--'''''UrbanDictionary'''''

->''"When you apply for a job as an airport screener, you are shown a jar containing three jelly beans and asked to guess how many are inside. If you guess correctly, you are placed in a holding cell and [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique tortured until you give up the bomb's location]] (nice try, Muhammad)... If you throw the jar of jelly beans into a wall safe and scream for everyone to clear the airport, you are immediately hired."''
-->--'''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-great-occupations-for-horribly-stupid-people/ "7 Great Occupations For Horribly Stupid People"]]

->''"[[HeteronormativeCrusader Trannies! Will! Molest! Your! Daughter!]] So be absolutely terrified and keep me from the tyranny from a life where I canít write off my exorbitant gay porn bill as '[[IReadItForTheArticles work-related expenses]]'!"''
-->--''[[http://www.sadlyno.com/archives/40029 Sadly, No!]]'' rebuts "íLGBTí: The íTí is for Tyranny"

->''"One of the interesting things about FoxNews, one of the things I hadnít anticipated upon entering into this venture, was how little actual news the network disseminates. There is a lot of national political coverage, most of this devoted to the damage that UsefulNotes/BarackObama and the Democratic Party are inflicting on our country. Beyond that, however, Fox stays true to its [[RupertMurdoch Rupert Murdochian]] tabloid roots. There is plenty of coverage of police chases and freak accidents, but very little else in the way of substantive stories. I think that some of my fascination with the news comes from a basic fearfulness, a neurotic belief that the world is a threatening place, but that if I know enough about what is going on, I will be able to [[CrazySurvivalist avoid the most horrific of disasters.]]"''
-->--'''[[http://www.salon.com/2014/01/28/my_personal_fox_news_nightmare_inside_a_month_of_self_induced_torture/ John Haggerty]]''', "My Personal Fox News Nightmare: Inside a Month of Self-Induced Torture"

->''"Through their individual media empires (which cover the media of print, radio, TV, the Internet, and penis-powering vitality serum), [[Radio/AlexJones (Alex) Jones]] and (Glenn) Beck alone rake in up to $10 million and $45 million a year, respectively. Hell, they should be ''thanking'' the Illuminati for that kind of revenue stream.\\\
How do you get rich doing this sort of thing? Well, if you listen to Beck's show, you'll first hear about how unseen forces are ready to cause the utter collapse of society, and then at the commercial break you'll be informed that he's selling emergency food kits for when the nukes inevitably start landing on American soil (just $9,500 and you can keep your family alive on freeze-dried rations all through the coming war! [[ShameIfSomethingHappened You love your family]], right?). The other big advertiser is [[GoldFever gold sellers]], because that's what you're going to be using for currency once the government collapses (just don't ask why the sellers want to unload their gold in exchange for [[ViolinScam your soon-to-be useless American dollars]])... Just take David Icke, the local British curiosity famous for claiming that the moon isn't real and that the world is run by shape-shifting alien reptiles. Laugh all you want -- that dude has a net worth of 10 million pounds, accumulated through book sales and expensive, sold-out live talks."''
-->--'''''{{Website/Cracked}}''''', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21341_5-ways-every-conspiracy-theory-makes-world-worse.html "5 Ways Every Conspiracy Theory 'Makes Sense'"]]

->''"A year or so ago, my mom asked by grandad, 'Would you like to be young again now?' And he said, '[[NostalgiaFilter No, I wouldn't! Not at all!]]' I said, 'Why the fuck not?' And he said, y'know, 'I don't like the way the world's gone.' And I'm sort of thinking, [='=]''Jesus'', Grandad, when you were my age, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII had just finished and we were facing nuclear annihilation in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. And you're saying now is ''worse''?' And that is the effect that reading the ''Daily Mail'' had on him, reading it daily. It convinced him that the world was a shit place and getting shitter. I was thinking, what would I like to say to Paul Dacre? What would I like to say to his kind in terms of the impact that they have on peoples' lives? And the answer is [='=]'''[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck you.]]'''[='=] And more people should say that. Y'know, ''fuck you'' for turning poor people against you. ''Fuck you'' for making elderly people afraid to leave their homes. ''Fuck you'' for persuading parents not to vaccinate their children."''
-->--'''Martin Robbins''', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9dqNTTdYKY "Why the Daily Mail is Evil"]]
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