New York Times: Obama, With Angela Merkel in Berlin, Assails Spread of Fake News
BERLIN — In his strongest public comments since the election, President Obama on Thursday sharply criticized the spread of fake news online and said that President-elect Donald J. Trump would not remain in office for long if he failed to take the job seriously.
Mr. Obama made his remarks at a news conference in Berlin beside the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, one of his closest allies on the Continent, calling the pair “veterans” of the international political stage. Ms. Merkel was unusually sentimental. “It is hard to say goodbye,” she said.
But instead of basking in the glow of his valedictory tour of Europe, Mr. Obama used the moment to make a passionate and pointed attack on bogus news stories disseminated on Facebook and other social media platforms, twice calling such false reports a threat to democracy in his hourlong news conference.
Mr. Obama also warned Mr. Trump of the need to take the job of the presidency seriously and to be tough on Russia.
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WNU Editor: I had to deal with fake news first in the former Soviet Union .... and now with much of the Western press .... as illustrated by the Brexit vote and by the recent U.S. Presidential election. The Clinton - Trump election was without question .... in terms of misinformation .... the worst that I have seen from the main stream press .... ever. They were basically wrong on everything .... and they fed a false narrative that I am willing to bet good money on that the Clinton campaign probably believed in .... until the end. And while President Obama likes to focus his ire on social media .... where he should focus his ire on is the major networks and news organisations. As to my read on these fake news sites .... because I use multiple news sources from around the world I have never fallen for one of these garbage sites .... at least not yet.
More News On President Obama's Criticism Of Fake News Sites
Obama: We must guard against fake news -- Politico
Fake news threatens democracy, Obama says -- USA Today
Facebook's Fake 'Fake News' Problem -- FOX News
Obama criticizes the spread of fake news on Facebook -- Verge
Obama Chimes in on Fake News Phenomenon, Warns It Could Weaken Democracy -- Variety
Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’ -- Washington Post