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Denzel Washington slams the mainstream media for selling 'BS

Denzel Washington seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 8 in Toronto. (Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Sony Pictures/AP Images)

During a press conference for his upcoming movie Wednesday, Denzel Washington fired back at the mainstream media for ignoring their responsibility to be truthful.

Washington himself was the subject of a bogus news story earlier this year when an outlet falsely claimed that he had decided to switch his support from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to Republican Donald Trump. And even though the subject of  "fake news outlets" has drawn much attention and criticism from national media outlets, his harsh words were directed toward none other than the mainstream media.

"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do read it, you're misinformed," Washington began. He elaborated that he believes one of the effects of "too much information" is "the need to be first, not even to be true anymore."

Standing on the red carpet inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington reprimanded the gaggle of reporters surrounding him.

"So, what a responsibility you all have — to tell the truth," he said. "In our society, now it's just first — who cares, get it out there. We don't care who it hurts. We don't care who we destroy. We don't care if it's true."

Washington concluded, "Just say it, sell it. Anything you practice you'll get good at — including BS."

His new movie, "Fences," will be released Dec. 25 nationwide.

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