What? The Donald would tell Pope Francis he would hang the Vatican out to dry if ISIS attacks the Vatican if the Pope attacks capitalism while on U.S. soil?
Q: Is that what the folks publishing such headlines want readers to believe?
Follow-up Q: But why?
Follow-up A: Most people don't read beyond the headlines, except for what is of primary interest to them.
When it comes to headlines reporting what The Donald said, The Motley Monk has found that it's always best to go to the source--the horse's mouth--to read or hear what The Donald actually did say.
So, here it is:
Cuomo then followed up with a hypothetical, concerning Pope Francis lecturing The Donald about the corrupt form of capitalism the Pope has condemned.
(Rule #1 for Politicians: Don't ever respond to hypotheticals They are a trap being set for the purpose of tripping you up. But, The Motley Monk digresses.)
Judging from his response to Cuomo's hypothetical, The Donald also opposes corrupt forms of capitalism. But, with Pope Francis hypothetically lecturing and wagging his finger at The Donald, he said (and hence, the banner headline):
I'd say "ISIS wants to get you." You know that ISIS wants to go in and take over the Vatican--you have heard that. That's a dream of theirs. To go into Italy.
But, it wasn't until Cuomo prompted The Donald by presenting that hypothetical confrontation between Pope Francis and The Donald concerning capitalism and asking, "What do you say in response to the Pope?", that The Donald responded:
I’m going to have to scare the Pope. The Pope, I hope, can only be scared by God, but the truth is--you know, if you look at what’s going on--they better hope that capitalism works, because it’s the only thing we have right now. And it’s a great thing when it works properly.”
But, The Donald took a conciliatory route, noting that Pope Francis has been criticizing an aberration of capitalism not capitalism itself:
I’ve seen a lot of what he’s opposed to, and I don’t think the Pope is opposed to capitalism.
But, doing so distorts The Donald's point. He was not saying, as the banner headline implies, that he'd hang the Vatican out to dry in the event of an ISIS attack. No, The Donald was pointing out that the Vatican is a primary ISIS target, that capitalism is the best economic system the world has known, and that aberrant forms of capitalism do not promote the people's interests.
On all of this, Pope Francis and The Donald are in 100% agreement. Sure, The Donald could be taken as implying that the Pope should "be careful of cutting off the hand that feeds you." And, that's a valid point: Weaken capitalism and it may not be able to help when others are in dire need.
The banner headline suggests none of that and most people wouldn't know that if they only read the banner headline. Yet, that headline contributes in shaping negative perceptions of The Donald and his candidacy for the Republican Party's nomination for President of the United States.
That's what's really behind those banner headlines and is what counts for "journalism" today.
That's sad for the electorate...they're allowing themselves to be misinformed.
Let the discussion begin...