Pope Francis sets Flagpole sitting record – says fake news & sensationalism ‘a grave sin’

Thou shalt not report fakes: Pope Francis says bias & disinformation ‘a grave sin’

Sensationalism is a grave sin, Pope Francis has warned. News should encourage a healthy critical sense, the pontiff said, in an attack on media bias which implied that tittle-tattle is as deadly as lust, sloth and gluttony.

“We must not fall prey to the ‘sins of communication’: disinformation – that is, giving just one side of the argument – slander, which is sensationalistic, or defamation, looking for outdated and old things, and bringing them to light today,” the pontiff said, addressing members of the Italian Periodical Press Union on Saturday.

Pope Francis takes an allowed break on way to setting new Flagpole sitting record.

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