“It’s [fake news] anything that contradicts with a leader’s version of reality,” she said, pointing to the situation in Myanmar. “You can will away genocide, you can will away events that you didn’t want people to know happened.”
Quote from “Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Mantra a Hit with Despots” article by Jason Schwartz in Politico.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a historian and political commentator on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda. Her latest book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to The Present, will be published by W.W. Norton & Company in November 2020. She is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, and Advisor to Protect Democracy.