It’s hard to imagine that Pope Francis and President Trump might have anything in common, but last week they did. The Vatican and the White House both spoke out critically about the media.
It was Steve Bannon’s outburst that got the most press. “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut!” he said. Trump echoed Bannon’s opinion that “the media is the opposition party, in many ways.”
As might be expected, the Pope’s comments were gentler and more constructive.
“I am convinced that we have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on ‘bad news,’ ” the pope said in a Jan. 24 message. “This has nothing to do with spreading misinformation that would ignore the tragedy of human suffering, nor is it about a naive optimism blind to the scandal of evil.”
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