Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington on Wednesday blasted the mainstream media for selling what he called ‘BS’ in the wake of the recent election.
According to The Hill, speaking at the Wednesday premier of ‘Fences’ inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the actor and director said “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed.”
“In our society, now it’s just first — who cares, get it out there,” he added. “We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who we destroy. We don’t care if it’s true.” He continued, “Just say it, sell it. Anything you practice you’ll get good at — including BS.”
According to the 61 year old, one of the effects of “too much information,” is “the need to be first, not even to be true anymore.”
“So what responsibility you all have — to tell the truth,” Washington said.
Washington was, himself, at the center of a fake news story earlier this year which claimed that the actor was switching his support from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. Another story on American News in November claimed that Washington actually praised the President-elect, saying, “We need more and more jobs. He has hired more employees, more people, than anyone I know in the world.”
His publicist later told BBC News that “the story is 100 percent complete fabrication.”