Thursday, December 8, 2016

"Media That Focus on Scandals and Spread Fake News to Smear Politicians Risk Becoming Like People Who Have a Morbid Fascination with Excrement"--Pope Francis

Jeez, and here I thought I was being harsh when I referred to some of the WaPo crew as a bunch of Bozos.*
From the New York Post:

Pope Francis says spreading fake news is a sin
Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Francis 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.

Using precise psychological terms, he said scandal-mongering media risked falling prey to coprophilia, or arousal from excrement, and consumers of these media risked coprophagia, or eating excrement....MORE
*Washington Post Says Their Fake News Story May Be Fake News

This appears to be the first time the word coprophilia has appeared on the blog.

We have a few references to coprolalia, literally "talking shit" but connotated as any potty-mouthedness, particularly that associated with Tourette's syndrome.

No coprophagia either although I did once use the vernacular with the rhetorical flourish 'and die' appended to it.