Hollywood star George Clooney has slammed modern broadcast journalism, because he fears viewers are fed lies they want to hear instead of "a common truth".

The OCEAN'S TWELVE heart-throb is amazed by how standards in newsrooms have regressed, despite the ever-growing array of channels, and insists moral standards leave much to be desired.

He recalls, "When I was growing up there were three networks and basically the same information.

"Now, because we've fractioned into little pieces, you go look for the things that reinforce what you already believe to be fact and don't get a common truth."