Donald Trump’s crusade against fake news ‘dangerous’, warns MP

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Chairman of Culture, Media and Sport Committee Damian Collins attacks US President for use of inflammatory term to deride ‘anything he doesn’t agree with’

An influential politician on the crusade against fake news has denounced Donald Trump’s use of the term as “dangerous”.

Speaking to students at a meeting at the Press Association on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee Damian Collins described the US President’s interpretation of the phenomenon as “anything he doesn’t agree with”.

He said: “We have to fight for the term ‘fake news’. What Donald Trump is doing, and I think it’s a pernicious thing that he’s doing, is to try and interpret the term fake news as being anything that he doesn’t like or agree with.

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