Rome, December 9th, 2016 (Agencias). The tendency of electronic media to be “echo chambers” of news, real or fake, had shown, these last few days, a new sample of its power of diffusion.

In this case, we speak about an interview of Francis with the catholic Belgian magazine Tertio, in which the Pope reiterated is call to media professional to do their job with ethics.

Francisco said, like in many other discourses, that “disinformation was the greatest potential harm the media could cause, because it directs opinion in only one direction and omits the other part of the truth”.

The Pope then used striking terminology, coprophilia, which is an abnormal interest in excrement, to explain the tendency of media to publish rumours without proves, and fake scandals. It’s interesting to note that he used this term before his nomination as Pope, in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

This recent news went viral in the media from the whole world, which all focused on the use of the term, rather than on the centre of the Papal message.