BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Filmmaker George Lucas denounced the American media at a sold-out speech at the University of California, Berkeley.
He called the press, especially entertainment writers and broadcasters who have followed his 30-year career, ''shallow, full of a lot of erroneous assumptions and sensationalized to the point of being fabricated.''
Lucas was interviewed Wednesday by Orville Schell, dean of the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, as part of the Herb Caen-San Francisco Chronicle lecture series cosponsored by the Chronicle Publishing Co. and the Getty Foundation. Last night's program was billed ''On the Media.''
''In the area of entertainment journalism,'' the soft-spoken filmmaker said, ''the idea of truth basically goes out the window. And that's too bad. There are lots of interesting things in the truth that don't need to be moved around.''
Lucas, 55, said he had been stung repeatedly by media untruths. ''Celebrities have to put up with an awful lot of browbeating. It's bad manners.''