Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Pope Francis Calls Out the Media

The head of the Roman Catholic Church warns that the mass media has become scatalogical.

Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis says.

Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio that spreading disinformation was "probably the greatest damage that the media can do" and using communications for this rather than to educate the public amounted to a sin.

Using precise psychological terms, he said scandal-mongering media risked falling prey to coprophilia, or arousal from excrement, and consumers of these media risked coprophagia, or eating excrement.

I was going to make a snide remark about Ezra Levant and his Rebel Media but - oh wait, I just did.


Anonymous said...

Anyong....An educated man such as the Pope ought to be able to think of another narrative in describing mass media that distorts reporting.

The Mound of Sound said...

I'm more interested in the substance rather than the unfortunate form, Anyong.

UU4077 said...

Pope Francis is a very educated man. He knew what he was doing in using such phrases. After all, it's one way to get above all the fake news!

Wait - it was a real news article, right?

The Mound of Sound said...

Yup, Sydney Morning Herald.

Anonymous said...

As much as I think that Pope Francis is a move to a better Catholic world I cringe at the thought of him condemning fake news whilst he preaches the virtues of the spaghetti monster in the sky!


The Mound of Sound said...

Point taken, Trail Blazer.

John B. said...

It may be a mistake, but I tend to lay off on the religionists when they're not saying something that I think is crazy.