During an interview published on June 14, 2022, Pope Francis stated that Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine was “perhaps somehow either provoked or not prevented.” The pope’s statements provoked international outrage due to the conventional wisdom that Russia is 100% at fault and Ukraine was a perfectly innocent bystander in the lead up to this conflict.
The pope made these comments during an interview with La Civiltà Cattolica, which took place in the middle of May but was published on June 14. “Someone may say to me at this point: but you are pro-Putin! No, I am not,” Francis stated. “It would be simplistic and wrong to say such a thing. I am simply against reducing complexity to the distinction between good guys and bad guys, without reasoning about roots and interests, which are very complex.”
In addition, the pope mentioned a conversation he had with an unnamed head of state before the outbreak of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. He described this head of state as a “wise man” who told the pope he was worried about the security dilemma that NATO and Russia were involved in.
According to the pope, the unnamed leader said, “They are barking at the gates of Russia. The situation could lead to war.” The pope added, “That head of state was able to read the signs of what was happening.”
The pope was not parroting a purely pro-Russian narrative, however. The pope was critical of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, and alluded to the “brutality and ferocity” of Russian military forces, and stressed “the heroism of the Ukrainian people.”
The pope’s latest comments came a month following an interview he did with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera where he said that NATO may have “perhaps facilitated” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by “barking” at Russia’s door.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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