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Thu Jan 25, 2018, 07:18 PM

Pope says fake news is satanic

Not sure if this helps or hurts the cause.

Now, ol' Popey didn't say that "the Devil" makes fake news. It appears he says fake news is satanic in the sense that it is false, pretending to be true. He didn't name names, but FOX NEWS pops into my mind. Being an atheist, I do not believe that the Devil is manipulating the liars at FOX NEWS, but the crap they spew could in fact be construed as "satanic," if you define satanic as "extremely evil or wicked."

Evil or wicked? Yeah, that's FOX NEWS.

Pope says fake news is satanic, condemns use in politics

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned fake news as satanic, saying journalists and social media users should shun and unmask manipulative “snake tactics” that foment division to serve political and economic interests.

“Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred. That is the end result of untruth,” Francis said in the first document by a pope on the subject. The document was issued after months of debate on how much fake news may have influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and the election of President Donald Trump.

“Spreading fake news can serve to advance specific goals, influence political decisions, and serve economic interests,” the pope wrote, condemning the “manipulative use of social networks” and other forms of communication. ”This false but believable news is ‘captious’, inasmuch as it grasps people’s attention by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration,” Francis said.

False stories, the Pope said, spread so quickly that even authoritative denials often could not contain the damage done and many people run the risk of becoming “unwilling accomplices in spreading biased and baseless ideas”. He called for “education for truth” that would help people discern, evaluate and understand news in order to recognize the “sly and dangerous form of seduction that worms its way into the heart with false and alluring arguments”.

Francis compared the use of fake news to the Bible story of the devil, who, disguised as a serpent, persuaded Eve to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree. He said she was fed wrong information by Satan, who told her the fruit would make her and Adam as all-knowing as God.

“We need to unmask what could be called the ‘snake-tactics’ used by those (purveyors of fake news) who disguise themselves in order to strike at any time and place.” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, a former reporter for U.S. outlets, told Reuters Television: “The Pope is not saying that all journalists are snakes but he is certainly acknowledging that they can be.”

Pope wants more education! Hear here! Original.

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Thu Jan 25, 2018, 07:22 PM

1. So Bergoglio created some fake news about fake news

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Sat Jan 27, 2018, 10:55 AM

2. He's not helping. n/t

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