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Obama Blames ‘Talk Radio,’ ‘Domestic Propagandists’ for Rise of State-Sponsored ‘Fake News’
CSPAN

Name: CSPAN

URL: http://www.c-span.org

Barack Obama

Name: Barack Obama

Employment: The White House

Position: President

The White House, Washington, D.C.

Name: The White House, Washington, D.C.

URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/

OBAMA: “That’s the thing that makes us vulnerable. If fake news that’s being released by some foreign government is almost identical to reports that are being issued through partisan news venues, then it’s not surprising that that that foreign propaganda will have a greater effect. Because it doesn’t seem that farfetched compared to some of the other stuff folks are hearing from domestic propagandists. To the extent that our political dialogue is such where everything is under suspicion, everybody’s corrupt and everybody is doing things for partisan reasons and all of our institutions are, you know, full of malevolent actors, if that’s the story that’s being put out there, by whatever party is out of power, then when a foreign government introduces that same argument, with facts that are made up, voters who’ve been listening to that stuff for years, who’ve been getting that stuff every day from talk radio or other venues, they’re going to believe it. So, if we — if we want to really reduce foreign influence on our elections, then we better think about how to make sure that our — our political process, our political dialogue is stronger than it’s been.”
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