Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton emerged from her relative seclusion since her defeat to speak publicly as Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., retires from the Senate.
Her words continue to emphasize a lack of responsibility on the part of her campaign and Democrats in general for their losses last month.
Clinton’s stressed that all Americans, but especially Congress, should be concerned about a growing trend primarily in online media.
“The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year, it’s now clear that so called fake news can have real world consequences,” said Clinton. “This isn’t about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people going about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities. It’s a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly.”
“Bipartisan legislation is making its way through Congress to boost the government’s response to foreign propaganda and Silicon Valley is starting to grapple with the challenge and threat of fake news. It’s imperative that leaders in both the private sector and the public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives.”
Clinton’s public comments about fake news stories are ironic considering how much her campaign benefitted from them in the weeks leading up to election day.
Newsweek prepared two editions of their first post-election edition, one touting President Trump and the other Madam President. But only one of those, the one with Clinton on the cover, was printed and distributed to be ready for sale the day after the election.
Headlines across the nation proclaimed to voters that Trump had no chance of victory.
“Here’s why Donald Trump (almost certainly) can’t win without Florida” – USA Today.
“Clinton Has Solid Lead in Electoral College; Trump’s Winning Map is Unclear” – New York Times.
“GOP insiders: Trump can’t win” – Politico
“Karl Rove: Donald Trump Can’t Win” – Huffington Post
“GOP strategies: Trump can’t win” – MSNBC
Can Hillary Clinton stand there and lecture about the dangers of fake news? It seems that she only recognizes the danger when it does not benefit her.
Hillary Clinton says fake news is an epidemic: “this isn't about politics or partisanship—lives are at risk…danger that must be addressed” pic.twitter.com/KNbYImmIYg
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) December 8, 2016
Newsweek's "Madame President" edition was printed in advance of Election (There's a Trump one too, but not printed) https://t.co/gbu0KAegly
— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) November 8, 2016