FLASHBACK: When Bob Dylan Ranted About Time Magazine’s Fake News

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Iconic American folk singer Bob Dylan disparaged the accuracy of the reporting in Time Magazine during a 1965 interview with the publication, in a prescient early example of the modern day “fake news” phenomenon.

Dylan, then 24, excoriated Time reporter Horace Judson for what he believes to be biased coverage, accusing the publication of projecting some greater meaning or message onto his music.

“If I want to find out anything I’m not going to read Time Magazine, I’m not going to read Newsweek, I’m not going to read any of these magazines,” Dylan said. “Because they just got too much to lose by printing the truth, you know that.”


“There’s no great message. If you want to tell other people that, go ahead and tell em,” Dylan ranted. “But I’m not going to have to answer for that and they’re just going to think, ‘what’s this Time Magazine telling us.’ But you couldn’t care less about that. You don’t know the people that read you. Because, you know, I’ve never been in Time Magazine and I’ve had this hall filled twice and I’ve never been in Time Magazine. I don’t need Time Magazine.”

Dylan, who received the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature, is known for his rambling and sometimes incoherent interview style. After being awarded the prize, Dylan stayed silent for weeks, refusing to accept calls from the Nobel committee. He failed to attend the ceremony where he was scheduled to receive the prize and deliver an address. He finally accepted the honor at a private ceremony in Stockholm in April 2017.

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