Fake News Isn't New. Neither Is Russian Meddling In A U.S. Election

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Whitewater special prosecutor Robert Fiske talks to reporters as he arrived at his Washington office on June 30, 1994. Fiske said his first report to the public being released concludes that the death of White House aide Vince Foster in 1993 was a suicide. After Foster's suicide, a conspiracy theory circulated that claimed the former Clinton aide did not take his life, but was killed and the Clintons may have been involved. (Mark Wilson/AP)

History repeats itself.

Ed Ayers (@edward_l_ayers) and Brian Balogh (@historyfellow), historians and co-hosts of the public radio show and podcast BackStory, say hoaxes, conspiracy theories and Russian interference in American elections have all happened before.

They speak with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about some of the past’s crazy parallels to today’s headlines.

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