The War on Truth in Europe

Russia's distortions are blurring the line between truth and lies.

There has been a lot of talk in the United States lately about “fake news” (the accusation that President Trump tosses out to discredit unfavorable articles) and “alternative facts” (the phrase that Kellyanne Conway used to justify the White House propagation of falsehoods about the size of the inaugural crowd and other matters). But it’s important to remember that these devices were neither invented in the United States nor confined to our shores. Russia is the world leader in both areas, if in nothing else.

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The War on Truth in Europe

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