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  1. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    It does not take a President to know our media is reeking with bias. Biased in whichever way they wanted it. The two "major" TV networks tell news like it's the end of the world, intrigues, distortions, sensationalized news. Most of the broadsheets present news like tabloid. Personally I don't swallow everything the media throws our way. After the Presidents media attack on media labelling them "bad boys", a lot of them went on defensive mode. Not this guy...Emil Jurado, he was among the criticized but here is what he wrote...

    The tug-of-war between President Gloria Macapagal and media is nothing new between Philippine presidents and the press.

    As far as I can remember, having been in media full circle for over 50 years, from the print medium to broadcast (radio and television), and back again to the newspapers, past Philippine presidents have had their complaints and differences with media.

    The former dictator — the late President Ferdinand Marcos — had his long battle with the Lopezes who then owned the “Manila Chronicle.” Even Cory Aquino had her complaints against media when she sued the late “Philippine Star” columnist Louie Beltran, together with my primo publisher-columnist Max Soliven. But, that suit was later dismissed.

    Former President Joseph Estrada also had his complaints against media when he singled out “The Daily Inquirer,” and had movie advertisements withdrawn.

    But, underlining all these “wars” between media and Philippine presidents is the long drawn-out issue of freedom and responsibilities. For every freedom, there is a corresponding set of responsibilities. And just as the presidency is a public trust, so is the exercise of freedom of the press.

    We, in media, be it with the newspapers or radio or television, must admit that in the exercise of press freedom, we often cross that line which separates it from our responsibilities to report the news as factually and as truthfully as we see it.

    And often, we, in media, must accept the fact that we often sensationalize and even exaggerate breaking events and speculate on facts that do not yet happen. And often, the front pages of newspapers are splattered with denationalized stories of scams, scandals, violence and what is called “editorialized news.” A newspaper which boasts of “balanced news, fearless views” specializes on sensational headlines that often are not supported by the news reports or the text.

    In the print media, it’s a daily battle for newspaper headlines, and the more shocking the news headlines are, the better for circulation. Just as when dog bites man, it’s no news; but when man bites dog, it’s news! And that’s why the tabloids are beating the national broadsheets in circulation.

    It’s the same thing in the electronic media. That explains why GMA-7, and especially ABS-CBN-2 in their news reports tend to report on violence and movie gossip news.

    Santa Banana, Mike Enriquez and ABS-CBN-2 anchor newscasters report the news in rapid staccato style sounding as if it’s the end of the world or that the Martians have landed. It’s all for television ratings and revenues.


    But, as always in the exercise of any freedom, this time press freedom, there are corresponding responsibilities. Freedom, after all, is not absolute. In the case of press freedom, since media is also public trust, not only for business, this freedom is subordinate to national interest and national security.

    Thus, when media, for instance, tend to romanticize the NPA rebels and the MILF secessionist movement, and the Abu Sayyaf, we must draw the line. Worse, when media gives aid and comfort to terrorists since national interest and national security are involved. A man, for instance, is free to shout and exclaim. But, when he shouts fire inside a movie house, that’s already criminal.

    We, columnists, for example know how to dish it out. But, we should also know how to take them when somebody dishes out his or her opinion. Thus, when President Arroyo dishes out what she thinks of media and calls for the electronic media to shed its “had boy image,” we, in media, should also be able to take it, and not cry out like spoiled brats that the President is curtailing press freedom.


    A recent Social Weather Stations survey on people’s sentiment on media revealed sadly enough that 41 percent of those surveyed lament negativism in media, reporting more the bad news than the good news. That, we, in media must accept.

    If we often wonder why so many Filipinos today feel hopeless, despondent And even no longer see any future for the country, it’s the result of the day-in day-out bombardment of negative and bad news in the newspapers, radio and television about the country, fueling a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. And worse, distrust of government institutions and public officials. It’s some kind of a brainwashing by media on the people.

    I have repeatedly lamented this propensity of media to picture our country as hopeless and helpless when on the contrary, there are many things to hope for. Count our blessings as I often tell people who express dismay and frustration on what’s happening to our country today.

    I tell them that since we are a democracy, it’s actually a small miracle that we are still progressing, not as fast as our neighbors but moving forward nonetheless. Note that our neighbors are either authoritarian in government or communist.


    For her part, GMA has reasons to complain about the negativism that pervades media to the exclusion of more positive developments that deserve better and wider coverage. For instance, apart from being consigned as usual to the business page, media fail to see beyond the business story angle in the surprising strength of the peso and the better-than-expected performance of the stock market.

    With these essential business developments, the surging investments of both domestic and foreign money in the stock market, and the continued appreciation of the peso, have both economic and sociopolitical significance. But, how many reporters and editors bother to interpret and point out such nuances, much more to publish them in the front pages of newspapers?

    Developments like these could be reported, written about and interpreted in layman’s language that could easily be grasped and understood by ordinary readers, and not only the “technocratese” terms that only economists understand. But, what happens is that media tend to sensationalize political events, particularly gimmicks of the political opposition such as the so-called “People’s Court,” which border on inciting to sedition and a mockery of the rule of law and the Constitution.

    Media were also quick to label the killing of carnappers at Ortigas as a “rubout” when no investigation had started. There’s also the tendency to make a mountain out of the alleged rape case in Subic. Yes, we all deplore rape, more so since the victim is a Filipino. But, we should not sacrifice national interest and security for one isolated case.


    It is hope that there would be changes for the better in the way media, especially the broadcast industry, report in events. Joselito Yabut of the KBP (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas), of which I was a co-founder and first president in 1973, was quoted as saying that “the organization was ready to cure an industry filled with ‘volcano spewing’ commentators who were supposedly fueling the people’s anger and adding to the confusion.” He added that “Philippine society could not be molded by a media industry that was promoting anger rather than dialogue.”

    This KBP move could not have come at a more opportune moment in the wake of a growing distrust of constitutionally established institutions, and even of media themselves. How many times have I heard my friends tell me that they have stopped reading newspapers and listening to radio and watching television news since they only depress them.

    This tug-of-war between Malacañang and media could be salutary in the sense that it brings to the fore an affliction of many in our society judgment of things, and people go about looking to events and things to prove their “anchoring,” a sort of dementia, correct.

    At no better time can a dialogue between media and the President should happen since both GMA and the Philippine media have the same stake — the future of the country. In effect, whether we, in media, like it or not, we have the same goal — to move this country forward and move the wheels of progress. -- by Emil Jurado, Manila Standard

  2. Join Date
    Mar 2005
    noon nga panahon ng mga hari at reyna pinapatay ang bringer of bad news kasi

    nakakasira sa mood.

    taka nga ako ngaun gino-glorify pa sila, bayani daw ka-ekekan

  3. Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Sports at business pages na lang binabasa ko. Sa mga front page news, very selective at always careful to look for facts and not opinions. Sa TV stick to CNN and BBC for news and has banned the children from watching local programs, more harm with very little benefits kasi. Sa radio DZFE at DZAS most of the time, para mostly good news, encouraging kaysa depressing.

  4. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    uy puro sila kampi kay unano hehehe! ayaw nyo lang kasi napupuna ang idol nyong si gloria!

    meron kasabihan, where there's smoke there's fire. kung walang ire-report na kabalastugan e di walang ire-report. kung puro maganda ang ginagawa ng gobyerno e di puro maganda din ang news. e kaso ang siste e kahit yung di naman sila ang may gawa basta maganda nakiki-ride on. gaya daw ng strength ng peso dahil daw yun sa economic programs ni gma. oy! lokohin mo lelang mo kayumat! di ikaw may gawa nun!
    Last edited by yebo; November 16th, 2005 at 10:17 PM.

  5. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    ang sabi ni gloria, don't publish news about losers, only the winners. ibig bang sabihin nito huwag nang ibalita si pandak?

  6. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    ganyan talaga...

    marami diyan ay utak ampaw... "criticize" daw eh puro generalized & stereotypical statements lang naman.

    sa mga critics ni Gloria... kokonti lang ang ok (tulad ni Winnie Monsod). i point out niya ang parehong mali at tama ni Gloria (tulad nung sinabi niya na ang poverty level ng Pilipinas sa time ni Gloria ang pinaka mababa).

  7. Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Yung natalo si Manny Paquiao kay Morales last year ginawa pa nila hero si Manny. Yan ang problema sa atin talo na naging hero pa? sa basketball din they are dreaming na maging no.1 tayo sa Asia, Asia lang? Media natin parang flavor of the month lang...

  8. Join Date
    Aug 2004
    The media is just telling it like it is, when there's smoke there's fire, so for the little president to say that its just smoke, its bullshit. She just doesn't want us to see the fire. In plain language she wants to sugar coat her troubles, in blaming media to be dirty, isnt she guilty of the same thing, pretending to be clean.

  9. Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Ate Glo is a good example of a trying hard politicos. sobrang believe sa sarili, kala nila they are the saviour of the filipinos pero sila ang negpapahirap. Gamitan lang naman ito, they need the media para pakita, media need the stupid politicos para may issue.

  10. Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Lahat naman nakikinabang sa media. Problema lang kay unano, PIKON!!!!!!

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