Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Not Newsworthy

Often Candy, or someone in our comments, will post a link to a news article about some scandalous comment that the Pope has allegedly made. You know, aliens don't need Jesus, or the Pope is throwing Darwin a birthday bash. We are then supposed to explain this terrible breach of Christian doctrine, which is usually no more than sloppy reporting. Headlines sell papers, folks.

While this article is difficult to excerpt down, I thought it would greatly illustrate the point that just because you read something in the paper, doesn't mean it is true. Here the actual "controversial" remarks of the Pope are contrasted with ten newspaper headlines from around the world. When you read what he actually said and compare it with the headlines, it will leave you scratching your head in confusion.

From Apoloblogology, Shock! Pope Benedict Misrepresented By Media.

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