(CNN) – Rep. James Clyburn, the House assistant Democratic leader, claimed Wednesday that some sectors of the news media were complicit in spreading misinformation, and used an historical example from Nazi Germany to illustrate his point.
According to The Hill newspaper, the South Carolina Democrat said "manufactured controversies" were becoming more common with the rise of internet journalism.
"You have people's words and phrases being misrepresented and looped through the news media and thrown out there on the Internet, and people run with it because these things start getting reported in the mainstream media, and before you know it, people believe that stuff," Clyburn said on a Sirius XM radio program, according to The Hill.
Later, he noted that during the Third Reich, media propaganda was used to broadcast the ideas of the Nazi regime.
"The people of Germany believed Hitler's foolishness that led to the Holocaust. They believed that stuff," Clyburn said. "People will tend to believe what they hear through the media."
The Hill noted that Clyburn spoke specifically about "extreme right-wing" bloggers during his interview, asserting those within the conservative blogosphere had forced former Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod from her post using misinformation.
"Most of these people are not media people; they are bloggers, and they are bloggers for the extreme right wing," he said.