Katie Couric: Fake news is tearing US apart

Journalist Katie Couric says fake news is “tearing America apart at the seams,” warning that Americans are “looking for affirmation and not information.”

“I remember I got sent a lot of stories from friends who were quite educated and were like, ‘Did you see this?’ ” Couric told the New York Daily News. “And I would say, ‘Come on, you're kidding, right? This is BS.’ ”

The Yahoo Global News anchor added that reporters are "not doing enough of a good job of breaking down complicated issues” and helping people “really understand them.” 

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“[Americans] are so divided that it's hard for us to come up with solutions and find commonalities,” Couric said. “And there's vitriol spewed by both sides at people who disagree with them.”

She joked that if she knew the solution to America’s fake news problem, she’d run for president.

“We need to be less judgmental and we need to listen,” Couric said. “It doesn't mean you shouldn't adhere to principles or fight for what you believe in. But you also need to acknowledge that people have different experiences and are coming from a different place.”