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Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News

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In Episode 1 of Operation InfeKtion, we reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it. For a bit. Read the story here: Subscribe: More from The New York Times Video: ---------- Whether it's reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It's all the news that's fit to watch.


Red Baran : The Russians care about the long game... The US forgot about the long game

Chris : Fake news began long before what is claimed in this piece. Remember Joseph Goebbels? "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." Bear in mind, the one book the current US president reportedly kept by his bedside and MAY have actually read was heavily influenced by Goebbels...

zanette8585 : This is amazing work and research. BUT, what if this was actually the doing of US intelligence, to make it seem like Russia did this to us when really the US government has been lying to it's people all along and now trying to confuse everyone into thinking Russia did it. 🧐🤔🤯🏥

Trolligarch : Video editing by the New York Times never ceases to amaze.

Juanpito ledo : so this isnt about the USS Maine right?

/\/\G : sounds like the Steele dossier that was funded by fusion GPS!

zuldo : Come on. Fake news wasn't "invented" by the KGB. Every single intelligence agency has utilized disinformation and propaganda.

2manynegativewaves : Spent a long weekend with a former KGB Colonel a few years ago. Was a lovely guy but I never quite believed that he didn't speak English.

Rawks720 : When you've been uncovered to the point you have to expose yourself to try and control the narrative, Yuri Besmenov was right about everything

Ymir Heiss : "Among the executives who lent their cooperation to the Agency were Williarn Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System, Henry Luce of Tirne Inc., Arthur Hays Sulzberger of the New York Times, Barry Bingham Sr. of the LouisviIle Courier‑Journal, and James Copley of the Copley News Service. Other organizations which cooperated with the CIA include the American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps‑Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald‑Tribune." "By far the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials, have been with the New York Times, CBS and Time Inc." -- Carl Bernstein.

Jim R. : ideological subversion... like taking over the colleges and universities and indoctrinating our youth into utter madness?

Andy Lu : soundtrack is also great!

Kulwa Luhigo : So did the U.S 'disinform' the world about Iraq's WMD.

Richard Rider : And why don't we start WORKING WITH and not against these clever people??? rr Normandy

Jo G : S1 E1? Glad to contribute to the initial view counts. Keep em coming!

Mark Mathis : Should be New York Educational Times. Nyet. 😂😂😂😂

Tejas Ramdas : It would be crazy if this whole investigation was just an experiment in disinformation.

Wayne S : 03:20 I remember watching that video on YouTube back in 2005 - 2007 xD A few individuals had actually uploaded it back then. I was intrigued.

Steve Kambiski : That's exactly what Alex Jones is doing.

Anonymous : Henry Kissinger *Memmoradum 200*

Dawn Adriana : It's true name is Ideological Subversion, and it's a multi-level, long-term plan that seems to be working.

Aleksandar Papez : Big shoutout to the amazing video editors behind this! Stellar work throughout the piece, the time you put in really shows <3

Louis Stilling : Imagine if this documentary later proved to be an ideological subversion. We need to go deeper.

Aggelos Poulopoulos : Amazed to hear Adam Westbrook's voice. It is so great that his work and narration style has now the NYT Logo. Adam, You have been doing great videos for long now. Keep it up!!

bisquitnspanky : And this comment section is filled with people eager to perpetuate the operation. Of course. It truly is exhausting.

Karla Peña : Holly mother of God. Young Puttin looks like Steven (Stephen?) Miller!!!

Anonymous : *Justina Pelletier, Maryanne Godboldo, Rebecca Rilley r.i.p. You know u done gone F'kd UP!*

Ginkgo Triloba : he just said "my original name was Stanislav Bittman" with sooo strong Czech accent, lol, what kind of spy could he be?

natural91LC : FANTASTIC VIDEO :D ! Th editing reminds me of " The School of life " videos, even the music XD

tm : I find it a pretty big stretch to say the KGB 'invented' it. Disinformation about your enemy has been around for as long conflict or armed conflict is around.

Carolyn Talbot : All malignant narcissists believe they are an original, one of a kind, very stable genius.

Raymond : the quality of the video is superb

ben dover : a virus that was created by Jooish communist that have ran the media for as long pre ww1

MrJonyish : And Putin worked for the KGB but naturally isn’t giving dis/misinformation to the US/UK now he’s president.

김범석 : Who still trusts NEW YORK TIMES? Read the book by carol quigley "hope and tragedy". Here you will find some startling about the untold history of the world

HKO2006 : Who is the narrator? Edit: Adam Westbrook, I asked because I watched and his video before and really like them.

Evilrose0611 : Gerald Broflovski?

M C : You guys learned from the best eh?

Alexandra Watson : yes yes yes!!! thank you! the people need this!!

Skinrip : Funny how the guy at 3:10, Yuri Bezmenov, talks about organizations like The New York Times and their progressive subversion tactics and ideas.

W00p w00p : the problem today is that the people who sould see this are living in their own little cosmos, also thanks to google etc. alogrithms which will show you only what you want to see.

Mirela Petre : Thank you for this entire series. Very good and useful. We all need it. Here in Romania Russia's been very active lately in spreading disinformation and unfortunately also successful, but we're not quitting the game. We're in for the long game. May the force be with all the good guys wherever we are.

vhturgeon : Brilliantly done!

HobtheGoblin : An idea virus? so you mean, a meme?

Rami Sabbah : this should be a full on series not just a one part story

Atheus Maximus : They don't need 3rd world countries to post their bulshit stories anymore they have Facebook now

Pierce Bales : The youtube interview of Yuri Bezmanov is very enlightening. It should be seen by all Americans.

Frank Li : am I the only feeling Chinese also doing similar to west.🤔

Bolle Geit : Good video!