Pope Francis Takes Aim at Fake News Journalists
On Wall Street, they called it the “rumour mill” – that invisible society where people gave their own version of the real story behind apparently privileged closed doors. This information could lead people to buy or sell stocks in a matter of seconds.
Then, there were the scandals that would persuade the general public to accept or reject certain philosophies, mostly aimed at religion in any shape or form due to the “lack of freedom” that supposed belonging to a religious organisation with norms, rules and commandments.
In a sudden turn of events, the movie industry came under fire for a series of accusations and revelations of sexual harassment in every shape and form possible – African American actors, Anglo-Saxon actors and directors of virtually every ethnic background.
Finally, both worlds collided: fake news became real news, and real news could be considered fake news depending on your political leanings.
In the midst of the fray, Pope Francis took aim on December 18th, denouncing the journalistic practice of offering only one-side of the story, publishing unverified and unconfirmed reports that could affect the good reputation of respectable personalities.
In effect, reminding the general public of bad news from the past causes harm and damage to souls, while fresh unverified information refills the emptiness left by the sadness of yesteryear.
Truth be told, depending on your political, social, religious and economic class in society, journalists are more likely to focus on one subject or another. In fact, most news agencies could be accused of serious sin for not reporting other news that could affect the philosophy of the owners of each particular medium by simply inventing fake news to satisfy the nearly unquenchable thirst of news junkies worldwide.
In the meantime, we still have to watch the numerous UNICEF videos of African children dying of thirst and hunger in Africa, while these organisations line their pockets with donations, leaving victims of real adverse and inhumane living conditions to fend for themselves.
The honourable magistrate, María del Rosario Cimadevila Cea of the Second Circuit Court in Pontevedra (Galicia, Spain) has ruled in favour of the defendant, a father of two children who shares the parental responsibility with his ex-spouse after a bitter separation and divorce.
The mother sued the father, formally accusing him of revising their 9-year old daughter’s WhatsApp conversations on her mobile phone, citing a violation of her daughter’s privacy.
Against all odds, the judge not only ruled in favour of the father, but also reminded the mother of her obligation to revise and proctor the use of social media to preserve her children from possible abuse, citing Article 154 of the Civil Law Code.
Domestic Violence in Spain
The eternal battle of the sexes takes on an ominous meaning in Spain. Just this year alone, more than 45 persons have been brutally murdered at the hands of their ex-partners or supposed boyfriends.
The latest victim, Andrea, native of Vila-Real, Spain… died together with her ex-boyfriend of 28 years of age, as their vehicle rammed into a gas pump at the local petrol station. Both Andrea (20 years of age) and her ex-boyfriend were pronounced dead on the scene.
But unfortunately, such news is practically a daily event in Spain. Day in and day out, we hear about the fatalities, suicides and violent deaths product of so-called “domestic violence.”
The buck doesn’t stop there, however. Many sources including Antenna 3 Television and Mediaset have invested time and money into an information campaign to project awareness of this issue. Yet, in spite of all efforts proclaiming (primarily), the rights of women to be protected from their assailant inviting potential victims to call a special hotline, the violence not only continues but is on the rise.
Though well-intended and in pursuit of justice for victims of domestic violence, these campaigns have largely failed to ebb the wave of domestic violence in Spain. Core factors of such violence include economic and financial instability, infidelity and other types of domestic violence that go unnoticed in many circles. Such violence comes in the form of the rampant use of contraception, a general aversion towards “having children” and responsibility, and a desire to eliminate any responsibility or commitment in any kind of relationship.
The result in Spain is clear: uninhibited indifference, claims for more women’s rights, and campaigns that add more fuel to the fire of anger and outrage resulting from the violent deaths of young women, aborted children and comfort-seeking, loveless couples in their endless pursuit to free themselves of responsibility, commitment and – God forbid – a bit of sacrifice in their “romantic” relationships.
rumour mill: n. referring to the group of people or source of fake news or rumours
in a matter of seconds: colloq. – in just a few seconds, in very little time
aimed at: colloq. – with the objective of
turn of events: n. a sudden change in the expected sequence of what happens
collided: v. to crash (past form: collided)
leanings: n. tendencies
in the midst of the fray: in the middle of the confusion
truth be told: to tell you the truth
unquenchable: unable to be satisfied
news junkies: n. people addicted to news
to line their pockets: v. to receive money and fill their pockets with money
privacy: n. the right to mind your own business, to maintain private what is personal
ominous: adj. denoting or showing something negative or pessimistic
to ram into: to crash into head on or like a ram
day in and day out: almost every day
uninhibited: adj. – without any control
pursuit: n. active search or interest in something