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After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News

  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs
  • 2020
  • Andrew Rossi
  • 95 mins
  • PG

Summary

The ongoing threat caused by the phenomenon of `fake news", focusing on the real-life consequences that disinformation, conspiracy theories and false news stories have

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Review

The term fake news has been doggedly devalued – not least by Donald Trump using it for any press stories he doesn’t like. But this HBO documentary explores the role of, as it were, real fake news; that is to say, deliberate lies spread for political ends – or purely for mischief.

A preview wasn’t available but among the cases examined is the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which in 2016 spread false stories across social media about a secret paedophile ring based in a Washington pizza joint: a gunman attacked the restaurant as a result. The film-makers follow right-wing propagandists who claim that cynical disinformation has become merely a “tool of war” like any other.

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Credits

Cast

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Self - Political OperativeJack Burkman
Self - The New York TimesElizabeth Williamson
Self - Disinformation Expert, Georgetown UniversityMolly McKew
Self - Owner, Crosshairs Gun ShopTroy Michalik
Self - Bastrop County JudgePaul Pape
Self - Bastrop ResidentNina Roach
Self - Bastrop ResidentCaleb Roach
Self - Youtuber, Conscious Resistance NetworkDerrick Broze
Self - Executive Editor & Co-Founder, Texas TribuneRoss Ramsey
Self - BuzzfeedCraig Silverman

Crew

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DirectorAndrew Rossi
ComposerIan Hultquist
EditorCindy Lee

Details

Released on
2020-06-04
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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