POPE FRANCIS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE SAME PAGE ABOUT FAKE NEWS! AND THE INVENTOR OF FAKE NEWS IS THE DEVIL AS THE POPE EXPLAINS IT!
Pope: 'Fake news' is evil, journalists must search for truth--Satan as the serpent invented fake news, not CNN!
NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing "fake
news" as evil and is urging journalists to make it their mission to
search for the truth.
After a week in which Francis faced unprecedented bad
press during his South American tour, the pope released his annual
social communications message Wednesday dedicated this year to "fake
news and journalism for peace."
Francis writes that the first fake news dates from
the Biblical beginning of time, when Eve was tempted to take an apple
from the Garden of Eden based on disinformation from the serpent.
"The strategy of this skilled 'Father of Lies' is
precisely mimicry, that sly and dangerous form of seduction that worms
its way into the heart with false and alluring arguments," Francis said
of the snake.
In today's fast-paced information age, he called for a
shared commitment to rediscovering the "dignity of journalism" and for
reporters to speak the truth with a journalism that is "truthful and
opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans, and sensational headlines."
The message made no reference to how some public
figures — most notably U.S. President Donald Trump — often label
unflattering or critical reports "fake news" to try to discredit the
Francis has frequently railed about journalists, and
before he became pope was known for his frosty relations with the
Argentine media. Just this week, while chatting with reporters aboard
the papal plane, he admitted he hated giving interviews and joked: "And
look at the job God gave me now."
Since becoming pope, Francis has learned to use the
media to get his message across, but he still frequently complains about
what he considers one-sided reporting and what he has dubbed the "sins
of the media: disinformation, slander and defamation."
During his recent trip to Chile and Peru, Francis
faced the worst protests of his five-year papacy, as well as the worst
press. He went into the trip facing criticism for having appointed a
bishop accused by victims of being complicit in covering-up for Chile's
most notorious pedophile priest, and was then harshly criticized in the
Chilean media for having accused those victims of "slander."
In his message,
Francis gave an articulate explanation of "fake news" and why it is so
effective and dangerous, saying it plays on stereotypes and prejudices,
exploits anxieties and fears, and is spread via social media contacts
who often all have the same point of view.
"The tragedy of disinformation is that it discredits
others, presenting them as enemies, to the point of demonizing them and
fomenting conflict," he said.
He praised educational efforts to make social media
users aware, as well as legal and institutional efforts to unmask those
who hide behind virtual walls to plant lies.
"None of us can feel exempted from the duty of countering these falsehoods," he said.
Francis said that doesn't mean reporting only
sentimental, "saccharine" reports that ignore conflict or problems, but
merely reporting what is "truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical
slogans, and sensational headlines."