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The people who 'explain the news' look like they don't actually read the news

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It would take hours to list Vox's numerous mistakes and errors, so we won't even try.

But it's sometimes worth noting the really silly nonsense as it occurs, to point out when America's self-proclaimed “explainers of the news" are flat-out wrong.

Take, for example, this super serious take from Vox's Max Fisher:



Now, although the headline is bit humorous, the body of the article is, for lack of a more polite word, idiotic. Fisher (jokingly?) accuses Pope Francis of calling for a new crusade, this time to wipe out the Islamic State, the terrorist group that has been rampaging across Iraq.



Of course, there are several problems with this hastily scribbled nonsense.

First, it should be “millennium,” not “millenia” (whatever a “millenia” is).

Second, Fisher should have read what Pope Francis said before commenting on it. Here are the Pope's remarks, as reported by the Associated Press:

"In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor," Francis said. "I underscore the verb 'stop.' I'm not saying 'bomb' or 'make war,' just 'stop.' And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated."

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"One nation alone cannot judge how you stop this, how you stop an unjust aggressor," he said, apparently referring to the United States. "After World War II, the idea of the United Nations came about: It's there that you must discuss 'Is there an unjust aggression? It seems so. How should we stop it?' Just this. Nothing more."

As you can see, Francis clearly didn't call for a new crusade (I can't believe I have to write this sentence). The Pope merely asserted his belief that all efforts must be made to stop unjust aggressors from harming the innocent, hardly a controversial position for the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

And that's about it (for a more nuanced take on Francis' comments, Hot Air's Ed Morrissey has a good write-up here).

Look, perhaps Fisher was being tongue-in-cheek. Maybe the Francis write-up was his attempt at humor. But when you market yourself as a person who “explains the news,” perhaps you should actually read the news before commenting on it, even if it's supposed to be funny.

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