Monday, April 6, 2015

Al Jazeera Gets it Wrong on Pope's Easter Message.

In the lede to it's story on Pope Francis' "Urbi et Orbi" Easter message, Al Jazeera could not have been more misleading. The headline reads:

"In Easter message, pope backs nuclear deal, decries 'absurd violence'
followed by

"In his 'Urbi et Orbi' message, the pope praised the framework nuclear deal with Iran as a way to make the world safer

Pope Francis does not, however, praise the deal. His one sentence on the nuclear deal reads -

"At the same time, in hope we entrust to the merciful Lord the framework recently agreed to in Lausanne, that it may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world."

He is neither praising nor condemning the deal. He is praying to the "merciful Lord" in hopes that the deal will "be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world".

It is extremely unlikely that the Pope has any detailed information as to the contents to the agreement. Not knowing the details, he can merely "hope".

It appears that Al Jazeera received most of it's information on the Urbi et Orbi by way of The Associated Press. If that's the case, we will see further use of this propaganda in other "News" organizations' reporting on the Pope's recent message.

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