Pope Francis On Communication and Truth, And Birdwatch
OPINION | This article contains political comments that reflect the author’s opinion.
The final days of 2021 heralded such unity and abundant Biden blessings that I started to lose the count.
On the latest Catholic and Global News: Pope Francis presented us all with a letter about “Communication” and after reading it I named it the Francis Clock. What a lovely feeling for the Pope to share his deep thoughts on communication, news and truth immediately after Biden’s inauguration.
Timing is everything.
The title of the letter is: “Come and see” (Jn 1:46). Communication through meeting people as they are. In his letter, Francis warns all humanity of the dangers of false stories and “false news”. Francis writes to us all and encourages us to see the truth for ourselves before we convince ourselves of what we know for sure.
#BREAKING by #PopeFrancis:
“We have known for a while that news can be easily tampered with … We are all responsible for the communication we make, the information we share, the control we can over #fakenews by disclosing it . “# WorldCommunicationsDay2021 pic. twitter.com/CDZKetkAT5
– Bree A Dail (@breeadail) January 24, 2021
This year I would like to dedicate this message to the invitation to “come and see”, which can serve as inspiration for any communication that should be clear and honest in the press, on the internet and in the church, daily sermon and in political or social communication . [sic]
First, let’s look at the big issue of reporting. Insightful voices have long expressed concern about the risk that the original investigative coverage in newspapers, television, radio, and web news will be replaced with coverage that adheres to a standard, often biased narrative.
Suppose other Catholics read this, especially Liberal Catholics. Could you remember this message of Our Holiness during the three and a half years of the Trump Russian tale and political drama of the Crossfire Hurricane? Law. I didn’t think so.
Dear Francis, were you convinced that President Trump is a Russian asset and a puppet of Putin?
This approach is less and less able to grasp the truth of things and the concrete lives of people, let alone the more serious social phenomena or positive movements at the grassroots. The crisis in the publishing industry can lead to a report created in newsrooms, in front of personal or corporate computers and on social networks without ever going out on the streets, meeting people face to face to research stories or figure out specific situations check first hand. If we don’t open up to this type of encounter, we’ll just remain spectators at all the technical innovations that allow us to feel immersed in a larger and more immediate reality. Any instrument only proves useful and valuable insofar as it motivates us to see things we would otherwise know nothing about, to post messages on the Internet that would not be available elsewhere, to enable encounters that would otherwise never take place .
Okay how about this one? Could you have been convinced of what you knew for sure during the Catholic media scandal in Covington? The communications scandal that resulted in one of God’s Catholic children, a 17-year-old pro-lifer, being immediately branded and the March for Life participant being committed as a deplorable racist residue, Trump supporter with an evil red hat? I remember your loud silence and lack of support during a very toxic time of anti-Trump stories and lies. Thank you for your comments on this topic now. Unit.
We should really be careful before we judge, right?
Opportunities and Hidden Dangers on the Web: The Internet, with its myriad of social media expressions, can increase the ability to report and share, with a lot more eyes for the world and a constant flurry of pictures and testimonials. Digital technology gives us the opportunity to get first-hand information in a timely manner, which is often very useful. We can imagine certain emergency situations in which the Internet was the first to report the news and deliver official communications. It is a powerful tool that requires that we all as users and consumers are accountable. Potentially, we can all witness events that would otherwise be overlooked by traditional media, contribute to society and highlight more stories, including positive ones. Thanks to the Internet, we have the opportunity to report what we see, what is happening before our eyes, and to share it with others.
At the same time, the risk of spreading misinformation on social media has become apparent to everyone. We have known for some time that messages and even pictures can be easily manipulated for a number of reasons, sometimes simply out of sheer narcissism. Being critical in this regard does not mean demonizing the Internet, but rather an incentive to be more discerning and responsible for content sent and received. We are all responsible for the communication we make, the information we share, the control we can wield over fake messages by disclosing them. We should all be witnesses of the truth: go, see and share.
Gosh, thank you, Francis. Trump’s tweets never scared me, but big tech censorship scares me. I’m pretty sure you have blessed the great communist censorship of President Trump’s social media accounts. I could be wrong. Could you please deal with the subject of censoring pro-life conservatives who are after truth, peace, love and respect for all life? Perhaps you can write about this in your next letter.
Oh, one more thing. Would you please address China’s genocidal problems? I think I know the answer to that, and I fully understand whether the CCP has censored you based on the terms of the China Agreement you recently signed. There I ask questions again. Forgive me father
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Speaking of empty rhetoric, which Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has branded a Catholic “radical” and President Biden a “devout” Catholic … What I know for sure is that President Biden is not a devout Catholic. Biden is a CINO. Please allow me to repeat this again here. No matter like the New York Times or Cardinal Cupich or you try to convince the world that Biden is a devout Catholic, you will never change my mind. You cannot sponsor full-time abortion and child murder and be a devout Catholic. Point.
If the pelosis of this world choose to brand me a radical woman because I respect all life, they can probably brand Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, as too extreme. But as you said: “Who am I to judge?” And yes, who are Pelosi and their media to be judged? Unit.
Pope Francis, do you think it would be radical for the Democrats under the Biden administration to force all American Catholic taxpayers to fund all abortions? Never mind. Unit.
Now for bird watching. With an almost spiritual connection, Twitter launched Birdwatch at the same time Francis was writing his fake news warning letter to “combat misinformation.” It’s almost like @jack and Francis worked harmoniously together to make sure all questions were answered. In the name of unity.
And as if by magic we have an instant crowdsourcing entity that enables people and bots everywhere to censor one another based on recognized community news standards.
Hi there! We are the team building Birdwatch.
We believe that taking a transparent, community-centric approach to identifying misleading information and improving context when it is helpful can help us all create a more informed world. https://t.co/SEwkpktson
– Birdwatch (@birdwatch) January 25, 2021
Birdwatch wants you to focus on the whales so you don’t pay any attention to the birds.
– Jack Posobiec @ (@JackPosobiec) January 25, 2021
Twitter describes Birdwatch as a community-based approach that is similar to the process Facebook used to outsource censorship decisions to outside “fact checkers”.
As they say, there were no “fact checkers” before the truth came out. Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself, did he?