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Tom Brokaw: Fake News Makes For 'Sad Day in Journalism'

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By    |   Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 04:22 PM

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw said Tuesday night the advent of fake news has resulted in a "sad day in journalism."

According to the New York Post's Page Six, Brokaw made the remarks at a screening of Steven Spielberg's Netflix series, "Five Came Back."

"Fake news is a terrible thing... we have to be on guard against it," Brokaw said. "People cannot just take what is on the screen and believe it.

"It is a sad day in journalism, but it is the advancement in technology. It is going to affect us for a long time.... Once it is online, it is there forever."

The discussion around fake news took off during and after last year's presidential campaign. Reports said Russia tried to influence the outcome of the election through the distribution of fake news and computer hacks. Other fake news websites have published stories that some people take as legitimate.

The CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, meanwhile, said Tuesday during congressional testimony the distrust in the media and the spread of fake news is one reason why the Trump administration has proposed to slash federal funding to her organization.

"People in this country yearned for content they could trust. And where are we right now — we're living in this environment of fake news," Patricia de Stacy Harrison said.

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