AP tries for clever, but comes up with stupid

There has been speculation lately from those with little us to occupy their brains about whether the snazzy red loafers that adorn the Pope’s feet are Prada.  It turns out that they not.  Never say that the modern media isn’t heavy on the investigative reporting, right?

This inordinately silly story would not be noteworthy were nit not for the opening sentence of the AP report, which aims for clever, and lands squarely in stupid:

The devil may wear Prada — but the pope does not.

I know that the above sentence is an attempt to riff off some pop culture phrase, but it sounds remarkably as if the Pope is, somehow, in league with or subordinate to the Devil.

Also, am I missing something or should Pope be capitalized, because it’s a unique title?

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  • Tiresias

    Pope should be capitalized.

    AP does have a stylebook – probably they still do – but obviously no one reads it.

  • http://www.protestshooter.com ProtestShooter

    According to http://www.religionstylebook.org/styleP.php

    “pope: Head of the Roman Catholic Church. Capitalize only when used as a formal title before a name.”

    Which strikes me as odd but apparently it’s not just AP.

  • http://ruminationsroom.wordpress.com Don Quixote

    I read it the opposite way, as contrasting the pope to the devil. It does not make the pope look subordinate to or in league with the devil at all.

  • Ymarsakar

    It makes the pope smaller than Prada, something that the devil wears.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Yeah, Y, that’s how I read it. It wasn’t denigrating Prada.

  • Ymarsakar

    The modern media is a bunch of truffle hunting mutts.