Alexander Nazaryan, “Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ Could Inspire Dictators Around the Globe,” Newsweek

“He’s definitely followed the authoritarian playbook,” says Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a historian of dictatorships at New York University. In doing so, she says, he has also given democracy-averse leaders around the world a playbook of his own, showing them how to wield the weapon that is “fake news.” In December, The New York Times reported that “many of the world’s autocrats and dictators are taking a shine to” fake news, including Venezuela’s socialist leader, Nicolás Maduro, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“If you can take down American democracy—it clearly encourages them to act worse,” says Ben-Ghiat.

Alexander Nazaryan, “Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ Could Inspire Dictators Around the Globe,” Newsweek
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