Pope: It’s a sin to spread fake news

mte1oda0otcymdmzntqxnjq1In an interview with a Belgian newspaper, Pope Francis said:

“I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into — no offense intended — the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true.”

Here’s more on coprophilia.

Gotta say it: With the introduction of that word, I kind of wonder if this whole thing isn’t fake.

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9 responses to “Pope: It’s a sin to spread fake news

  1. This puts me in mind of a sign I saw in front of a church in Rhode Island. “Gossip is the devil’s radio. Don’t be his DJ.”

  2. The Vatican press office published the full text of the Bergoglio interview with Tertio, which occurred last July 12. So it might not be fake news, but it is certainly not new news.

    (I can’t find it now… but yesterday’s front page lead-in to the CNN Money story on this was “Pope Poo Poos scandals.” I kid you not.)

    One has to wonder, though, why this particular papal blurb becomes MSM newsworthy almost 6 months down the road. After almost two full years of election related calumny, disinformation and coprophilia, as defined by Bergoglio. And after his decision, just weeks ago, to make permanent the heretofore temporary “faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion,” passed through the MSM cesspool with nary a ripple.

    Leftover being peevish:
    I think caution must be used when using generic terms like “fake news” and “alt-right” without specific definition. I agree with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (among others…including the AP, NYT, WSJ, MoJo): “Now is the time to be precise about the meanings of words.” The danger in not using precise terms when dealing with calumny and disinformation, racism and prejudice, is the legitimization of extremism in our culture: White nationalism (alt-right) and McCarthyism (fake news).

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