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Fake News Déjà Vu

Source: The New York Review of Books, May 25

In an essay titled “The Inventor of the Presidency,” Gordon S. Wood writes:

…There were narrow-minded opponents of the new government – “disappointed expectants and malignant designing characters” – Washington called them. These “political mountebanks were trying to undermine the Constitution without giving it a chance.” At the same time, Washington continued, “increasing numbers of newspapers were spreading scurrility & malignant declamation and poisoning public opinion with falsehoods.”