When Did Television News First Start Talking About "Disinformation"?
When did the term "disinformation" first enter the media lexicon? The timeline below shows the total number of mentions of it across television news over the past decade, showing it leapt into prominence in December 2016 as the media's explaination for Donald Trump's win and that it took off last year with the election and pandemic.
Similarly, while the timeline below shows "misinformation" has been mentioned on television news a few times a month steadily, it too took off in December 2016.
In contrast, the timeline below shows that the phrase "fake news" took off in November 2016 but has been fading steadily month over month since.