Seth Meyers thinks that “fake news” as a term is “busted.”
And the “Late Night” host says it’s all because of Donald Trump, who used the phrase during Wednesday’s press conference to describe CNN and attack unsubstantiated claims in a dossier alleging that Russia has “compromising personal and financial information” on the president-elect.
“Today, Trump called these new reports ‘fake news,’ so despite an incredibly short run, I think it is time to retire that term,” said Meyers, who added that the words used to mean one thing, “but now everyone is using it for everything.”
“‘Fake news’ as a term is busted,” he said. “It was like the first time you heard your dad say ‘fo shizzle’ and immediately thought, ‘Well, that’s over.’”
Meyers also used his “Couple Things” segment to call out BuzzFeed over publishing the unverified reports in the first place.
He added that the entire episode was ironic because Trump himself had, via his birther movement, “built his political career spreading a false and outrageous claim about President [Barack] Obama, and continued making baseless allegations throughout the campaign.”