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Monday, July 29, 2013

AP's Matt Freedman's distorted spin on Pope Francis' words

Notice here how the AP verbally in their News clip, spins the story.  Precisely what I predicted. 
Points they try to make:
  • shift in tone toward gays
  • won't judge gay priests (when "a gay person" is referring to more than priests)
  • if someone is gay and searches for the Lord, who am I to judge...  (but what was the if? - exactly...)  Who was he talking about when he said, "If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge?"  There is a difference between someone accepting the Lord and someone searching for the Lord.  It's not just about priests.  He was referring to "a gay person," as he phrased it.  What did he mean by accepting the Lord?  What does Lord mean?  It means more than just Savior.  And what does he mean by goodwill?  There is sure a difference between these two statements:  1.) Matt's spin of what the Pope said: "if someone is gay and searches for the Lord, who am I to judge?"  2.) Pope Francis' words, "If they [a gay person] accept the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge?"
  • what Pope Benedict's document said about priests who shouldn't be priests if they had... (almost correct, it said "deeply-seated homosexual tendencies"), but they don't talk about what the document says about the person's attractions that are themselves not sinful. 
  • gay lobby issue
  • the accusation - no gay trist; it was about matters of sin and not about crimes
  • God forgives and forgets when someone confesses sin

All this spin by Matt Freedman from the very same transcript of the very same conversation.  Amazing.  And they call is journalism and news reporting.