The Media

Pope Francis Hates Fake News as Much as You Do

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

Or maybe more.

Speaking to a Catholic weekly magazine yesterday, Pope Francis criticized fake news and compared it to literally eating shit.

According to Francis, people responsible for creating fake news are aroused by shit, and those who consume fake news enjoy eating shit.

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. [...]

"The means of communication have their own temptations, they can be tempted by slander, and therefore used to slander people, to smear them, this above all in the world of politics," he said. "They can be used as means of defamation..."

"No-one has a right to do this. It is a sin and it is hurtful," he said.

He described disinformation as the greatest harm the media can do because "it directs opinion in only one direction and omits the other part of the truth," he said.

I think we've already crossed the threshold into this territory.