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Monday, February 11, 2013
NewsBusters Announces Pope's Resignation With Misleading Claims
Topic: NewsBusters

Here's how NewsBusters, in a Feb. 11 post credited only to "NB Staff," announced the resignation of Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict, the man liberal reporters slammed as "God's Rottweiler," is resigning. A spokesman for the Vatican did not have any more information and did not reveal a possible reason for the 85-year-old's resignation. Fox News reports "The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants."

The pope may have based his decision on watching all the press reports insisting Pope John Paul II resign due to his failing health from Parkinson's disease. The college of cardinals will elect a new leader for the world's Catholics in mid-March.

Actually, conservative-leaning publications like U.S. News & World Report and the News Corp.-owned Sky News have called the pope "God's Rottweiler." further, the conservative-leaning Canadian paper National Post called it one of the "nicknames that Ratzinger’s fans considered badges of honour."

As far as NewsBusters blaming "press reports" on the pope's health for the resignation, Reuters reports that the pope faced no outside pressure to resign.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:10 PM EST

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