During the premiere of his his new film at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Denzel Washington said that the media has become more interested in selling stories than telling the truth.
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed,” Washington told reporters, according to The Hill. “So what a responsibility you all have — to tell the truth.”
Beyond attacking sensationalist headlines, Washington’s comments might have been in reference to how he was affected by the fake news epidemic that became prevalent this year. Washington supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, though he became the subject of a bogus story at one point, which suggested he abandoned her in favor of President-Elect Donald Trump.
The general theme of Washington’s remarks were that journalists don’t care as much anymore about whether their stories are true, just as long as they get them out fast and sell them for all they’re worth:
“In our society, now it’s just first, who cares, get it out there. We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who we destroy. We don’t care if it’s true. Just say it, sell it. Anything you practice you’ll get good at, including BS.”
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