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Friday, September 4, 2015

Editorial: EOTT Exposed

Special Editorial: Gregoirev Sanctus 
Editor-in-Chief, SCCB


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By now millions of Catholics have woken up to the news that popular news source, Eye of the Tiber, is not what it has pretended to be. In an interview with the Catholic News Agency, EOTT Founder, S. C. Naoum, has confessed to "making stuff up," and that it is actually satirical and not a news site at all.

The deep shock of these millions of trusting Catholics was treated with a kind of cavalier dismissal, evocative of the kind of apathy one might associate with history's greatest sociopaths, people like Hitler, Stalin, Caligula and Jerry Lewis. To journalist, Mary Rezac's, question, "How often do people think EOTT is a real news source?" he replied coldly, "Very often. [Awkward silence]. Is there a follow up to the question?"

While authorities were not certain whether charges would be laid against Naoum - or what kind - when SCCB contacted Baltimore's state's attorney, Marilyn Mosby, she said she would not "Rule out that possibility just yet."

Meanwhile Catholic parents are reeling from the news, trying to figure out how to undue the damage EOTT has caused in their own families. "Now I have to tell the kids that Lord Sauron is not, in fact, the head of the LCWR," said distraught parent of four, Andrea Arnagon, referring to a story carried by EOTT in September 2013.

Catholic school teachers have found themselves in a similar position. One teacher, Mr. John Acorn, grade nine history teacher in the West Clysdale District of the city said that, "I will have a heck of a job trying to get kids to take me seriously - to take history seriously - seeing that I used the EOTT piece on Adam's midlife crisis in class. "What am I supposed to do with all those macaroni-art sad Adam faces now?"

As editor of SCCB, I have said many times that Catholics have to be more discerning when they go online. When you want real Catholic news go to reputable sites like SCCB and Fox News. If you want satire, you can't do better than LifeSiteNews.

I am just sorry that so many had to be hurt for this lesson to be learned.

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