The Pope’s Word of Caution for Journalists


Pope Francis has offered an interesting caution for journalists:

Pope Francis gave an interview to a Belgian magazine in which he cautioned media to avoid several major temptations, including the desire to always focus on scandal – which he compared to “coprophilia,” a mental illness in which a person has an abnormal interest in feces.

“Media I think have to be very clean, very clean and very transparent. And not fall – without offending, please – into the sickness of coprophilia,” the Pope said in his new interview, published Dec. 7. …

“Media are the builders of a society” and as such are meant to foster a fraternal exchange of ideas, to educate and to make one think. Media is not inherently evil, he said, but cautioned that we are all sinners, and even media “have their temptations.”

In a way, this relates to my post earlier today about countering the bad with the good.  Mainstream journalists who are sincerely concerned about “fake news” should counter by proving contrast.  Similarly, those of us who find the mainstream irredeemably biased should strive to offer a better alternative, whether genuinely objective or more honest about the contrary bias while being overtly fair, as well.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    “coprophilia,”, hmm. How about the “fake news” generated to explain the Benghazi attack. Remember the indie filmmaker who had produced a movie (that no one had seen) that was offensive to Muslims and the Benghazi attack was in retaliation. Seems to me he was even arrested and jailed.

    Granted, this was ‘fake news” created by the government, but where were the “Journalists”? I can agree hat I do know about it from some source, but I don’t recall any journalistic attack on it. Certainly, no one did time.