Wednesday, January 24, 2018

"Pope Francis warns of the dangers of 'satanic' fake news"

Pope Francis waves to the crowd during a weekly general audience in St Peter's Square, on January 24, 2018. Credit: AFP
Pope Francis became the first pontiff to issue a warning about the dangers of fake news on Wednesday, comparing the purveyors of false information to the snake in the Garden of Eden.

The Pope described false news as being “evil” and accused peddlers of disinformation of employing “snake-tactics” similar to Satan when, disguised as a serpent, he tempted Eve to eat fruit from the forbidden tree.

“This was the strategy employed by the ‘crafty serpent’ in the Book of Genesis, who, at the dawn of humanity, created the first fake news,” said Francis in the first discourse by any pope on the topic.

Fake news had a damaging, serpentine allure, the Pope said, calling it “that sly and dangerous form of seduction that worms its way into the heart with false and alluring arguments”.

He issued the unusual warning in a document issued in advance of the Catholic Church's World Day of Social Communications, which takes place on May 13.

After a week in which Francis faced unprecedented bad press during his South American tour, he pope released his annual social communications message, dedicated this year to "fake news and journalism for peace" Credit: AP

Without mentioning specific countries, websites or political figures, he said: “Spreading fake news can serve to advance specific goals, influence political decisions and serve economic interests.”

The Pope acknowledged that it was often hard to distinguish fake news from information reliably reported by authoritative sources.

“The effectiveness of fake news is primarily due to its ability to mimic real news, to seem plausible.

“Untrue stories can spread so quickly that even authoritative denials fail to contain the damage,” he said.

It is the duty of journalists to identify and combat fake news, the Pope said.

“A weighty responsibility rests on the shoulders of those whose job is to provide information, namely, journalists, the protectors of news. In today’s world, theirs is, in every sense, not just a job; it is a mission.”

Newspapers, radio stations and television channels should avoid “feeding frenzies and the mad rush for a scoop.”

Journalists needed to ensure “the accuracy of sources” and concentrate less on breaking news and more on “exploring the underlying causes of conflicts,” Francis said.

Francis was widely praised by the global media for his refreshing honesty and down-to-earth manner after his election in 2013, but has been the subject of greater scrutiny in recent years.

He has been accused, in particular, of having a blind spot on the issue of Catholic clergy who sexually abuse children, apparently failing to appreciate the immense damage it has done to lives around the world and failing to take tough action against perpetrators.

During his tour of South America, which ended on Monday, he was lambasted for defending a Chilean bishop who is accused of protecting the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.



TSE said...

Fake News; because the promises and hopes are NOT real;

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has launched a $1 million marketing campaign to encourage young professionals in the Chicago area to consider living and working in Wisconsin.

The campaign, which places an emphasis on reaching millennials via popular social media platforms they use every day, began last week and runs through June 30. It includes ads on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pandora, and popular mobile phone apps.

The unprecedented campaign is part of the state’s comprehensive efforts to attract and retain talented workers in Wisconsin to meet the workforce demands of today and tomorrow. It marks the first time the state has embarked on a paid media strategy aimed at talent attraction.

According to Racine County Economic Development Corporation's (RCEDC) Executive Director Jenny Trick, the recruitment program will directly support RCEDC's mission.

“Supporting our existing companies and recruiting new development to Racine County has been RCEDC’s mission for nearly 35 years," said Trick. "Our future efforts will benefit from a solution-driven talent recruitment program.”

TSE said...

More Fake news; because Howell has already violated the patience, trust and respect of the Community - multiple times. Don't get fooled again!

Commentary by Racine Police Chief Art Howell: I ask for your patience, trust and respect

No comments allowed for a reason - because the Truth needs to be concealed - YET AGAIN!