(USA Today) Pope Francis joined the chorus of condemnation of fake news, comparing it — and the media's obsession with scandal — to one of the more unsavory fetishes in the process.
Francis said spreading disinformation is "probably the greatest damage that the media can do" and that defamation is a sin during an interview with the Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio, Reuters reported.
"I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into — no offense intended — the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true," he said. "And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done."
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