The media has dived headfirst into the Russia investigation as their chance to take down Donald Trump.

One-sided coverage that plays up bombshells that then fizzle out has led many Americans to believe the media is using fake news to conspire against the President.

So no one could believe it when Pope Francis stepped up and made some jaw dropping comments about the media.

Pope Francis delivered a sermon to a group of journalists that had a surprising message.

He urged the members of the press not to commit sins of communication by spreading fake news, slander, dredging up old scandals, or only giving one side of the story.

The Blaze reports:

“Pope Francis weighed in on the issue of freedom of the press as he delivered a sermon to a group of journalists Saturday about “the sins of communication,” NPR News reported.

Who was there?

The Pope made his comments to members of the Italian Periodical Press Union and the Italian Federation of Catholic Weeklies, reports state. According to the Pope, journalism is a field “dominated by the anxiety of speed” and is driven by sensationalism. Reliable information, he said, is at a premium.

Pope Francis also spoke about the perils of disinformation and slander, NPR reported.

What did Pope Francis say?

“You shouldn’t fall into the ‘sins of communication:’ disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalized, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today,” he said.

Pope Francis added: “We must not fall prey to the ‘sins of communication’: disinformation that is, giving just one side of the argument, slander, which is sensationalistic, or defamation, looking for outdated and old things, and bringing them to light today. They are very grave sins, which damage the heart of the journalist and harm people.”

The world can expect to hear similar sermons from the pope in the future.

Pope Francis plans to make “fake news and journalism for peace,” the topic of his 2017 World Communications Day speech.

The pope has waded into media issues in the past, as well.

NPR reported last year that the pope told “journalists and media consumers” that an interest in dredging up scandals is similar to “the sickness of coprophilia,” which is an abnormal interest in feces “that can include elements of sexual arousal.”

Americans looked at these remarks and saw a rebuke of the runaway media campaign to use the Russia investigation to destroy Trump.

Networks like CNN have been caught red-handed peddling fake news such as Donald Trump Jr. receiving an email tipping him off about WikiLeaks’ release of emails, sensationalizing stories that fizzle out upon closer scrutiny, and not giving any attention to the side of the story that shows there is no evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians.

CNN –and other outlets – get into trouble because they start from the premise that Trump could have only won the election through collusion and then work backwards to fit that narrative.

Instead of following the facts – even if they challenge the media’s liberal worldview – outlets such as CNN try to shoehorn selective leaks and fake news stories into the story they want to tell.

Peddling an agenda instead of the facts is why fewer Americans trust liberal media outlets.

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