John Podesta: Social Media Companies Should Police Fake News
The former failed campaign manager for Hillary Clinton recently urged social media companies to censor “fake news”.
“I think that again the social media companies have a responsibility to try to do a better job of knocking off fake sites and be able to police to some extent the propagation of fake news,” Podesta said on a far Left podcast.
Podesta said that the propagation of “fake news” was a national security threat, complaining that “Russian bots and trolls” helped spread negative stories about Hillary Clinton across the Internet.
He complained that “alt-right sites” on the internet were “peddling” the worst kind of fake news online.
But he admitted that it might be impossible to fully police content on social media, a “problem” that would have to fought within the American democracy.
“You can’t just ignore it … you have to deal with it and come to terms with it,” he said, offering advice for future Democratic candidates.
Control freaks like Podesta will always be the enemy of free speech and press. He then went on to make excuses for the presidential campaign blunder, saying that the Hillary campaign didn’t utilize social media outlets as effectively as President Trump’s did: “I think in our campaign we didn’t do enough persuasion through social media channels, I think we relied overwhelmingly on television for persuasion and used social media largely to talk to our own supporters and activists.”
Essentially, Podesta regrets that he didn’t spread enough fake news himself to win Hillary Clinton the White House, and is now lashing out by projecting his failures onto Republicans and Real News websites.