Tracing The Origins Of Fake News – Back To 19th-Century Germany

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Fake News. Long before Kellyanne Conway regaled us with her take on “alternative facts” and then-president-elect Donald Trump used the term to describe CNN, there was another word for a mass media market dominated by hyperbole and falsities: unechte korrespondenz. The German phrase, meaning a “fake foreign correspondent’s letter,” would become a well-known trick of…