Tuesday 15 October 2019

Varadkar defends saying 'fake news' but admits 'it's not good term due to Trump'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted that the phrase "fake news" is "perhaps not a good term to use" due to its link to US President Donald Trump.

Mr Varadkar has used the phrase in the past and has been called out on it in an opinion piece in the 'New York Times'.

In the article, he was named as a "liberal" among world leaders who have used the term.

Another leader cited in the article for using the phrase was controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

The article accused Mr Trump of undermining his own citizens' faith in news organisations seeking to hold him accountable.

It also argued it has given foreign leaders permission to do the same.

Mr Varadkar last night said he doesn't use the words 'fake news' regularly but, when he does, he is referring to "news that isn't true" or isn't the "full truth".

He said the public expect media organisations to correct errors.

But the Taoiseach added: "Perhaps it's not a good term to use, because of its association with President Trump who has a different agenda."

Irish Independent

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