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How Russia pioneered “fake news”


"President Donald Trump claims he coined the phrase “fake news.” (He didn’t.) But the actual art of “fake news” was pioneered by the Russians in the 1990s and 2000s, and they used it to try to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election."

Why is this important?

"The fundamental premise of the book is that we have to see ourselves as we are and where we are. We can’t assume that the system is going to correct itself. But we also can’t assume that we’re doomed. Both of those are a trap. The illusion of certain progress and certain doom are traps. We have to see ourselves right where we are."


Sean Illing

Publication Date

April 5, 2018