Biden: ‘Journalists Can Tell People the Truth’ or ‘Tell People What is Not the Truth’

By Penny Starr | May 2, 2014 | 3:15 PM EDT

Vice President Joe Biden is greeted by former Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who now heads the Motion Picture Association of America, at the lobbying group's conference on May 2, 2014 in Washington, D.C. ( Starr)

( – Vice President Joe Biden told people at a conference on Friday that freedom of the press includes allowing journalists to “tell people the truth, and even tell people what is not the truth.”

Biden was the featured speaker on Friday at the Motion Picture Association of America, a lobbying group headed by former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), which held its second annual Creativity Conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Biden was one of several politicians who spoke at the event, including Reps. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). The vice president said  creativity is necessary for a healthy global economy.

“So the question is: How do we create a global economic order that favors creativity and innovation, everywhere?” Biden said. “That’s what I want to talk to you a little bit about today.”

“Of course, each society is different and some are fundamentally different,” said Biden. “But there’s certain common ingredients that make up success: Basic liberties so citizens can think and speak freely and journalists can tell people the truth, and even tell people what is not the truth.”

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Motion Picture Association of America conference in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2014. ( Starr)

He continued, “Fair economic competition; a willingness to draw on a society’s full talents, including women and immigrants; courts that adjudicate fairly and there is a recognition that they do; and a system where intellectual property is protected.”

"We want to create more awareness and knowledge about the contribution that innovation makes to our creative economy," former Senator Dodd told the Los Angeles Times, adding that the arts and entertainment industries contribute 3.2% to the nation's gross domestic product.

The event, sponsored by Microsoft and ABC, focused on how the creativity found in technology and entertainment contribute to the economy, create jobs and drive further innovation.