Michael Moore: Trump Is the 'Godfather' of Fake News
At a news conference on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump railed against the rise of "fake news."
Michael Moore, however, says that Trump himself is largely to blame.
“Fake news? He was one of the founders of that in the Obama era,” Moore said on MSNBC's "All In" Wednesday, citing Trump’s repeated claims about the president’s birthplace.
“He is the godfather of this decade’s fake news.”
Moore acknowledged that Trump's performance at the news conference - during which the president-elect called CNN "fake news" and BuzzFeed "a failing pile of garbage" - was "masterful."
"Take those same words you just showed - 'You are fake news' - put those words in Nixon's mouth ... it would have sounded like the paranoid that Nixon was. Put those words in George W. Bush's mouth ... it would have sounded defensive and like a little boy," Moore said. "This guy pulls that off. And he pulls it off over and over and over again."
Moore called on news organizations to double down and not shy away from reporting on controversial topics, even if and when Trump lashes out at them.
“This is a crazy time.”
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