Denzel Washington to Journalists on Fake News: 'What Responsibility You All Have'

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Denzel Washington to Journalists on Fake News: 'What Responsibility You All Have'

During the Washington, D.C. premiere of Fences, while on the red carpet, Washington shared his stance on fake news in connection to “too much information.”

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed,” he told The Washington Post.

The Washington Post highlighted a fake news story that had circulated the internet recently, which claimed Denzel Washington supported President-elect Donald Trump. American News shared a fake news story on Facebook with the headline, “Denzel Washington Backs Trump in the Most Epic Way.” Crazier headlines then spread quickly, such as’s “Denzel Washington Switches to Trump Shocks Hollywood, Speaks Out Against Obama.”

Apparently, the outlet totally made up the story by grabbing a quote from an interview with Charles Evers, brother of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, from March, on which he endorsed Trump:

“We need more and more jobs. Unemployment is way up here. He’s hired more employees, more people, than anyone I know in the world.”

Washington continued to tell The Washington Post, “What is the long term affect of too much information? One of the affects is the need to be first, not even to be true anymore. What a responsibility you all have: to tell the truth, not just to be first.”

Of course, he closed the interview with some more truth: “We live in a society where it’s like, ‘Who cares. Get it out there. We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who it destroys. 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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