After Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States, critics of the president-elect scrambled to find reasons for the upset win. One area of blame is "fake news" stories pushed mostly by right-wing conspiracy blogs, but not everyone is so convinced.

Denzel speaks

There's no denying that alleged "fake news" has made its way onto social media, often appearing in large numbers on user's news feeds.

The articles are usually slanted to the political right, and over the last year, have been in favor of Donald Trump. One story that gained traction was the claim that actor Denzel Washington had endorsed Trump. A quick google search was all that was needed to find out that story wasn't true, as no other sources were even cited in the piece. As reported by The Hill on December 7, Washington decided to speak out about the current state of news, but decided to point blame in a different direction.

Appearing at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday for the premiere of the film "Fences," Denzel Washington went off on the current news media. "If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do read it, you're misinformed," Washington said.

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The actor stressed that mainstream media was too often concentrating on being the first to report a story, even if it includes inaccuracies, noting "the need to be first, not even to be true anymore."

"So what a responsibility you all have," Denzel Washington said to a group of reporters, before adding, "tell the truth." "In our society, now it's just first," he continued. "Who cares, get it out there. We don't care who it hurts.

We don't care who we destroy," the award-winning actor noted, while adding, "We don't care if it's true." Washington didn't stop there, saying of mainstream media, "Anything you practice you'll get good at, including BS."

Not so "fake news"

The "fake news" trend started after Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump, which prompted many on the left to look for reasons why the results happened the way they did.

Over the last month, alleged "fake news" lists have been created, including one by a university professor, though that list was quickly removed after more than half the sources named were found to be credible, as the creator received backlash and accusations of slander.

One list, created by a group known as "ProporNot," claimed that dozens of online news sources were "Russian propaganda." The list was promoted by The Washington Post, but one of the sources listed, the economics site "Naked Capitalism," is preparing a potential lawsuit against the paper for their inclusion, while accusing them of being "taken for a ride by propagandists."

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