Your MIL sounds like a real character.
Have you ever read the book 1984? Everyone fell prey to the propaganda. The authorities prided themselves on how the power of dishonest propaganda could control the masses. The rank n file would believe anything they said, even when obviously not true.
An article said Kim Il of North Korea studied the book (in between watching Daffy Duck cartoons) The GB of the JW's must have it in their book bags, because they frequently use the ideas.
Its just like WTwizzard said.
If its really, really bad, it must be really, really close.
If its really, really good, it must be really, really close.