Jacob Siegel: ‘Disinformation’ Is the Hoax of the Century
This is the audio version of The Reason Live Stream, which I co-host every Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern with my Reason colleague Zach Weissmueller.
Today’s guest is Jacob Siegel, a journalist who served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s written a fantastic essay for Tablet magazine called, “A Guide to Understanding the Hoax of the Century: Thirteen ways of looking at disinformation.”
This is, simply, the best piece I’ve read about how what Jacob calls “the ruling class” is trying to literally and figuratively control political and cultural discourse about politics, public health, and other pressing topics. Jacob provides a history and a deconstruction of the concept of disinformation, a term borrowed from Cold War spycraft that became ubiquitous in the wake of Donald Trump’s pr
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