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Ian Hislop's Fake News: A True Story (2019)

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Fake news is never out of today's headlines. But in his latest documentary taking the long view of a hot-button issue, Ian Hislop discovers fake news raking in cash or wreaking havoc long before our own confused, uncertain times. Ian mines history to identify what motivates fake news - from profit, power and politics to prejudice, paranoia and propaganda - as well as to try to figure out what to do about it. In America and back home, Ian meets, amongst others, someone whose fake news stories have reached millions and a victim of fakery alleged to be a mastermind of the spurious paedophile ring 'Pizzagate' conspiracy. Viewers also get to see Ian doing something that's never been captured on film before - as he gets a taste of what it's like to be 'deepfaked'. In 1835, New Yorkers were fooled by one of the most entertaining and successful fake news scoops of all time - a tale of flying man-bats spied on the moon through the world's most powerful telescope.

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Critic Reviews for Ian Hislop's Fake News: A True Story

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Hislop was variously playful, concerned, droll and exasperated in an intelligent film that treated viewers as if we have a brain, which makes a nice change.

October 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As the perma-smug Ian Hislop demonstrates, fake news is not a modern phenomenon tied to social media. However uncomfortable the thought, it's almost part of the DNA of the tabloid media...

October 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Private Eye editor...showed that fake news is as old as newsprint.

October 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Best-known as a team captain on the long-running Have I Got News For You, [Ian] Hislop was making a one-off foray into a subject whose history he clearly knew well.

October 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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