Because of the instantaneous nature of news, even before the news has the actual facts, rumors, false stories and innuendo circulate first and these are the impressions that people keep as there is seldom a follow-up on how the news reports got it wrong.
Take Father Fr. Geraldo Pinero of Philadelphia. On Saturday it was reported and picked up by internet sources that the Feds had investigated him and that they had entered his rectory and taken his computer and other things that belonged to him.
As a result of this, the good father stepped down immediately as pastor of his parish. This opened the door to even more rumors and speculation.
Guess what the presumed charges would be. That he was involved with child pornography and possibly a pedophile.
That's what we have to put up with today.
Well, it turns out that it wasn't child pornography but it was still serious enough to garner a federal investigation and his stepping down as pastor.
READ THE ACTUAL TRUTH HERE!
I ask, does this deserve to be any more than a local story. Does it really need to be an international one?