Clin­ton: ‘Fake news’ epi­demic is a threat to democ­racy

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

Fresh off her elec­tion loss, for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton made a plea for Congress to find a way to crack down on “fake news,” which she said Thurs­day is a threat to democ­racy.

While not specif­i­cally blam­ing bo­gus sto­ries for con­tribut­ing to her loss, Mrs. Clin­ton said there’s an “epi­demic of ma­li­cious fake news.”

“It’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world con­se­quences,” she said, turn­ing a cer­e­mony to honor re­tir­ing Demo­cratic Sen. Harry Reid into a check­list of Demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal goals.

Democrats’ 2016 pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee also joked about her re­turn to the Capi­tol, where she served eight years as a se­na­tor, as the loser of the elec­tion.

“This is not ex­actly the speech at the Capi­tol I hoped to be giv­ing af­ter the elec­tion,” she said.

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