Not all foreign media reports are true, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.
He said many would eventually discover that not all western media reports about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak are the truth.
He said Malaysians have the perception that anything foreign or imported is better than local products.
He said that the mindset not only applies for consumer goods, but also for news.
"That is why foreign publications such as Sarawak Report and The Wall Street Journal are regarded as the bastions of truth," said Salleh in a blog post on Friday.
"Since they are foreign based and western run, then what they say can only be true.
"No one doubts the veracity of their reports because they are mainly foreign and western based," he said.
Salleh said that such mindset is a "very clever strategy" by those who want to discredit Najib.
"If the story came from overseas then it must be true because foreigners only dabble in the truth," he said.
Salleh shared an example of the belief that Iraq was producing weapons of mass destruction because the western media said so.
"In time, however, people began to realise that they were duped. The stories were lies meant merely to discredit Iraq and rally world support for the US war against Iraq," he said.
"In time, too, many are going to find out that not all of what the western media is reporting about Najib is true as well," said Salleh.
But he said that just like in the case of Iraq, it might be too late when they realised the truth, and only after the damage had been done.