Review of “Ian Hislop’s Fake News: A True History” (2019)

Moving picture, 60 minutes

Seen in 2021.

From William H. Mumler’s fake photos to Deepfake videos, via US presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull’s libel suit against the British Library in the Pulitzer-Hearst era of cheaply printed sensationalism and the example of Kadaververwertungsanstalten as state-sponsored wartime fake news that undermined reports of the later Holocaust.

Told in a popular, presenter-centric, performative manner, but the material is remarkably good.

moving picture non-fiction