While discussing one of his latest films on the red carpet at the Fences premiere in Washington DC, Denzel Washington took it upon himself to visit the topic that's been sweeping the nation: the media and fake news.
The Academy Award-winning actor, who also happens to be a former journalism student, is a victim of false reporting himself. In August, reports spread claiming Washington had endorsed Donald Trump for president. And though it wasn't true, the news was shared thousands of times before it was debunked. Needless to say, he's not pleased.
"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do read it, you're misinformed," Washington said, as reported in The Hill.
He then went on to add that the media faces a great deal of pressure to always be the first to report a story.
"In our society, now it's just first. Who cares? Get it out there," he said. "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 and sell it."
You can check out Washington's full remarks in the interview here around the 17:50 mark.