Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari admits now that not only did he not record his interview with Pope Francis, nor take notes, but he re-phrased the Pope’s comments in his own words.
In a meeting with the journalists of the Foreign Press Association of Rome, Scalfari maintained that all his interviews have been conducted without a recording device, nor taking notes while the person is speaking.
“I try to understand the person I am interviewing, and after that, I write his answers with my own words,” Scalfari explained.
He conceded that it is therefore possible that “some of the Pope’s words I reported were not shared by Pope Francis.”
Read the whole report here. Sandro Magister comments here on the Scalfari interview being yanked from the Vatican website and Pope Francis’ seeming retreat from the progressive-sounding statements that have been attributed to him.