After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News

After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News is a 2020 documentary television film directed by Andrew Rossi and executive produced by Brian Stelter. The film premiered on HBO on March 19, 2020.[1][2][3][4]

After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News
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Directed byAndrew Rossi
Music byIan Hultquist
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerAndrew Rossi
CinematographyBryan Sarkinen
EditorCindy Lee
Running time95 minutes
Original release
  • March 19, 2020 (2020-03-19)


The film surveys the effects of disinformation campaigns occurring on social media and the impacts of well known conspiracy theories from Obama birther theories and Jade Helm, to Seth Rich, to Pizzagate, as well as some of the major and minor personalities involved. "Disinformation" is the intentional dissemination of falsehoods.[3] The documentary shows that although the elements of fake news are not new, modern fake news is enhanced and amplified by information technology. The roots of fake news are distrust and exploitation. "Inevitably, [the film] confronts the question of what we should do about fake news."[1][2] It also shows the background of two conspiracy theorists to create and promote a conspiracy theory regarding Robert Mueller in order to smear him while serving as special counsel.[5]

The film's main theme[3] is framed by "dash-cam footage of Edgar Maddison Welch" as he drove with a high powered gun from North Carolina to Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C. with intent to stop what he delusively believed to be a "child sex slave ring".[1] The film shows the Pizzagate conspiracy growing on Reddit and 4chan, how it was fomented by the alt-right and Alex Jones, which then translated into a real-life dangerous situation[3] that occurred beyond the internet.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Gleiberman, Owen (March 19, 2020). "TV Review: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News'". Variety. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Poniewozik, James (March 18, 2020). "Review: 'After Truth,' the Deluge". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Horton, Adrian (March 19, 2020). "After Truth: how ordinary people are 'radicalized' by fake news". The Guardian. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  4. ^ Hersko, Tyler (March 19, 2020). "'After Truth': HBO's New Documentary Examines the Real-World Impact of Fake News". IndieWire. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  5. ^ Roeper, Richard (March 19, 2020). "'After Truth': HBO documentary explains where the Fake News comes from". Chicago Sun-Times.

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