Le Pen: Fake News On The Web 'Could Never Be Worse' Than What's In The Newspapers

Chris Menahan
Mar. 14, 2017

In a newly released interview, leading French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen schooled an arrogant news reporter who questioned her suggestion that people find their news on the internet, telling her fake news on the internet "could never be worse" than what the mass media writes in the newspapers.

REPORTER: "You say: 'Turn away from the traditional media, go and find news on the internet!' Aren't you aware that it could be dangerous talking like that?"

LE PEN: "Why?"

REPORTER: "On the internet you can find conspiracy theories, all types of things... it's not necessarily verified information."

LE PEN: "Don't you think that the traditional media have conspiracy theories? I have read a ton of things about Russia intervening in the presidential campaign and other things like that. I mean, there is at least as much fake news in the traditional media as on the internet!"

REPORTER: "But tomorrow all sorts of things could be written, for example about you, on the internet, and you incite the people to go and find information on the internet! About thing that weren't verified!"

LE PEN: "It could never be worse than what you guys are saying or what you write in the traditional newspapers, you know?"

REPORTER: "This little anti-media song, this little Trump-like aspect of yours: it worked in the United States, so you are applying it here, in France?"

LE PEN: "Madame, French people have no confidence in the media whatsoever, are you aware of that, or not?"

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