Information wars

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A view of a Business center, believed to be the location of the new

A view of a Business center, believed to be the location of the new "troll farm" in St. Petersburg, Russia. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov, File)

Guest: Richard Stengel

A Republican-led Senate intelligence committee released a report last week reaffirming that Russia meddling in the 2016 election by using social media to spread disinformation to help Donald Trump’s candidacy and to hurt our democratic institutions. The committee also warned that Russian, along with other nations, are at it again and stressed the need to combat it. Our guest RICHARD STENGEL had a firsthand view of the Russians’ disinformation campaign against the United States when he was Under Secretary of State in the Obama administration. He writes about the Russian government’s war against the US election, the administration’s efforts to fight the fake news, the propaganda, and the trolls, and why it failed in his new book, Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We can Do About it.

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