Denzel Washington on Media: If You Read The Newspaper, 'You're Misinformed'

Michael W. Chapman | December 20, 2016 | 3:13pm EST
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Academy Award winning actor

Denzel Washington.  (AP) 

Commenting on the topic of "fake news," Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington criticized the so-called mainstream media by saying if you read the newspaper, then "you're misinformed," and added that in a world where there is too much information the media strive to be first and not to be truthful, no matter who it hurts. "Anything you practice you'll get good at -- including BS," said Washington.

At a screening for Washington's new movie, Fences, at the African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C., a reporter asked Washington what he thought of "fake news" and its effect.

The actor, dicrector, producer said, "If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do read it, you're misinformed."

"So what do you do?" asked the reporter.

Washington said, “That’s a great question. What is the long-term effect of too much information? One of the effects is the need to be first, not even to be true anymore."

"So what responsibility do you all have?" he said.  "To tell the truth. Not just to be first. But to tell the truth."

"We live in a society now where it's just first, who cares, get it out there," said Washington. "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," said Washington. "But you heard me. Does that make sense?”

Denzel Washington, 61, won Academy Awards for his acting in Glory and Training Day.  He also received three Golden Globe awards and a Tony Award. In addition to Glory and Training Day, Washington has starred in A Soldier's Story, Malcolm X, The Hurricane, The Book of Eli, Flight, The Equalizer, and The Magnificent Seven.  He also has appeared on stage in Richard III, Julius Caeser, and A Raisin in the Sun. Washington is married and has four children. 

Actors Viola Davis and Denzel Washington in an image from the new movie Fences. (AP)


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