This short excerpt discusses the real deceiver when it comes to accepting information and truth. Until you accept a lie as truth, it is only a lie and the one who is sharing it, a liar. The only one who can be deceived is the one who accepts a lie as a truth. Thereby deceiving yourself.
"In great empires the people who live in the capital, and in the provinces remote from the scene of action, feel, many of them scarce any inconveniency from the war; but enjoy, at their ease, the amusement of reading in the newspapers the exploits of their own fleets and armies. To them this amusement compensates the small difference between the taxes which they pay on account of the war, and those which they had been accustomed to pay in time of peace. They are commonly dissatisfied with the return of peace, which puts an end to their amusement, and to a thousand visionary hopes of conquest and national glory, from a longer continuance of the war."