Pope Francis calls on media to end ‘constant focus on bad news’
In a powerfully worded message, the pope said he wanted to encourage media professionals to engage in “constructive forms of communication that reject prejudice” and help create a world of “realism and trust.”
The pope’s message came days after President Trump launched a bitter attack on news media over its reporting on the size of his inauguration crowd.
In his message, Francis said he was concerned about the focus on “bad news” that included “wars, terrorism, scandals and all sorts of human failure” by a media industry that thinks good news doesn’t sell and where the “tragedy of human suffering and the mystery of evil” easily become entertainment.
“I ask everyone to offer the people of our time storylines that are at heart ‘good news,’” the pontiff said.
In December, the pope said scandal-mongering media that focused only on muckraking or that spread fake news risked becoming like those who have a fascination with excrement.
He 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.
In May, the pope will mark World Communications Day. The theme this year is: “Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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