Looks like Pope Francis and Donald Trump have something in common. They both hate “fake news”.
After facing unprecedented bad press during his just-concluded South American tour, the pope released his annual social communications message Wednesday, on the subject of “fake news and journalism for peace.”
Francis commented that disinformation “discredits others, presenting them as enemies… demonising and fomenting conflict.”
He argued that disinformation is rooted in “a thirst for power,” noting the “deceptive power of evil that moves from one lie to another,” robbing individuals of their “interior freedom.”
Pope Francis, tracing fake news back to the "crafty"serpent in the Garden of Eden, says he wants to do his part to stop "the spread of fake news." https://t.co/moKK5nI1Aw
— Jason Horowitz (@jasondhorowitz) January 24, 2018
Pope Francis believes the first fake news dated 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,” he said of the snake.
Before Francis became pope, he was known for his dicey relations with the Argentinian media. So his track record for challenge the media is there.
We can all agree some media outlets do a poor job stating the news, but since Trump became President of the United States, it has become open season on criticizing all media outlets.