Harrison Ford: 'What Passes for Journalism' Is Fostering Prejudice and Dividing the Nation

April 19th, 2013 11:56 AM

Harrison Ford made a brutal critique of the news industry Thursday.

Appearing on PBS's Tavis Smiley Show, the actor said the "divisiveness and fractiousness in our society" is caused by "what passes for journalism" today "fostering and supporting our prejudices" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

"There’s so much divisiveness and fractiousness in our society, and there’s a big industry that is constructed around keeping us apart and servicing our opinions and fostering and supporting our prejudices," Ford said during his interview with Smiley.

“I think it could be argued that one of those industries that keeps us apart is in fact the industry called Hollywood," Smiley followed up.

“I’ll take minor issue with you," Ford answered. "I don't honestly believe that it’s Hollywood. I believe that it’s the broadcast industry. It’s what passes for journalism."

This was an expansion of what Ford told NBC's David Gregory Sunday.

“I’ll agree with that,” Smiley responded. “Amen, amen, amen.”

It is indeed ironic to see Smiley agreeing as he is part of what sadly "passes for journalism" today.