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The Power of “Fake News” Was in Our Country’s DNA From the Start

There’s nothing new about “fake news” — in fact, the power of the written word was one of the key factors in America’s founding.

“The press is almost another character in this play,” says Ian Kahn, who plays General Washington, in a new behind-the-scenes video.

Go Inside the Role of the Press in the Revolutionary War With the Cast and Creators

The newspaper industry was a key component in the success of the Culper Ring, but the line between propaganda and news is a fine one.

“The way we hear about actual information and the spin that’s given to actual information really affects people’s lives on the ground and people’s decisions,” says Nick Westrate, who plays Robert Townsend.

Watch the video to learn more about how the press was used both as a shield and a weapon during the Revolutionary War.

The fourth and final season of TURN: Washington’s Spies returns Saturday at 9/8c with a two-hour season premiere.

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