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After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020)

A look at the ongoing threat caused by the phenomenon of "fake news" in the U.S., focusing on the real-life consequences that disinformation, conspiracy theories and false news stories have on the average citizen.


Andrew Rossi




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Burkman Jack Burkman ... Self - Political Operative
Elizabeth Williamson Elizabeth Williamson ... Self - The New York Times
Molly McKew ... Self - Disinformation Expert, Georgetown University
Troy Michalik Troy Michalik ... Self - Owner, Crosshairs Gun Shop
Paul Pape Paul Pape ... Self - Bastrop County Judge
Nina Roach Nina Roach ... Self - Bastrop Resident
Caleb Roach Caleb Roach ... Self - Bastrop Resident
Derrick Broze Derrick Broze ... Self - Youtuber, Conscious Resistance Network
Ross Ramsey Ross Ramsey ... Self - Executive Editor & Co-Founder, Texas Tribune
Craig Silverman ... Self - Buzzfeed
James Alefantis James Alefantis ... Self - Owner, Comet Ping Pong
Keith Alexander ... Self - Washington Post
Bryce Reh Bryce Reh ... Self - Manager, Comet Ping Pong
Daniel Saperstein Daniel Saperstein ... Self - Employee, Comet Ping Pong
Oliver Darcy Oliver Darcy ... Self - CNN


The proliferation of disinformation, what may be construed in some circles as what was often called "fake news" (before President Donald Trump hijacked the phrase to describe anything said negatively about him), is discussed, specifically from 2015 to present day, and especially within an American political context. Such disinformation has become more easily spread with technology where almost anybody with a computer, Internet access, and know how can have a platform, more often than not without oversight. The disinformation is usually borne out of a sense of opposition usually by the alt right, and knowledge that what is being perpetrated is indeed not the truth. Methods to spread the disinformation, especially through social media platforms as a start which often then move to specific cable news outlets who "purport" to tell the truth, are discussed, especially in that most of these platforms were designed by their largely young, white, male creators without the aforementioned want ... Written by Huggo

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Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, two of the people featured in this documentary as perpetrating and spreading disinformation, were charged on October 1, 2020 by the Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel for allegedly operating a voter suppression campaign of robocalls to largely Democratic voters in Detroit highlighting the false claim that the information provided in registering for vote-by-mail would be used for nefarious purposes beyond the requested voting materials. See more »


Self - Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University: Mainstream media needs to understand that it is operating in a propaganda-rich environment. There are no two realities. There is an intentional deception on one side, and there is an honest if imperfect process of trying to get as near to the truth as we can on the other.
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Feeling sad for USA, and sad for everybody with
24 August 2020 | by theowlofthegameSee all my reviews

Disclaimer: I'm European and I only read quality newspapers, both domestic and international. Sorry, I prefer specialist experts over self-proclaimed investigators.

That being said, I have a few friends who believe in multiple conspiracy theories. I see them sucked deeper into the rabbit hole everyday. Strangely enough, they present me with 'proof' of these outlandish theories (articles and videos), that, as it turns out, come from abroad, mostly USA and Russia. So this infowar is affecting the rest of the world also, slowly but surely.

Russia's tactic is simple: "Divide et impera" In the USA the tactic it's less clear: false news is being spread to discredit people, influence elections or just to make money.

In the documentary some guy says 'it's a war'. I don't understand: who are you fighting against? Another political party?

This documentary shows the consequences of spreading lies, and the effects are devastating. I nearly fell off my chair. Fake news, alternative facts, conspiracy theories, trolling, clickbait... This divisive messages are undermining the democracy in the USA. A country which could achieve anything if only they would work together, all politicians. Now they are bombarding each other with smear. Happens elsewhere too, but not in such a nasty way... yet..

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26 March 2020 (Netherlands) See more »

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