Ressa cries bloody ‘libel!’ – When will Rappler.com get it?

Interesting the way Rappler.com CEO Maria Ressa cries bloody libel over Katrina Stuart-Santiago’s article Going to the dogs — an article about the manner with which Ressa’s self-described “social news network” startup precipitated (and possibly encouraged) a broader “ganging up” on the University of Santo Tomas over a perceived favour it granted to Chief Justice Renato Corona. Among the targets of this observed “gang up” is journalist Lito Zulueta who wrote a report on UST’s response on the matter in the Inquirer.net.

The conflict seems to revolve around elder “journalist” Ressa taking issue with the way Stuart-Santiago posted the article, which contains some opinions which implied some allegations about the blanket motives of some of the people involved in the circus and the broader agenda of Rappler.com. The exchange of barbs played out over the social networking site Twitter and is “storified” here.

The pivotal tweet in the exchange came from the elder “journalist”:

@angel_alegre funny @radikalchick never asked me before she wrote and am only a tweet away. Guess that separates the pros …

Pressed by Stuart-Santiago on what exactly the elder “journalist” should have been “asked”, Ressa responds with a sledgehammer:

@radikalchick Ask for an intvw – before making libelous charges based on assumptions alone. Wouldn’t publish without it.

What does this quaint episode tell us about Rappler.com and its elder “journalist” CEO? Quite simply, it highlights the struggle the self-described “social news network” site is experiencing grappling with its identity in the “social media” landscape it aspires to gain street creds within. So far, Rappler.com stands out as an over-dressed debutante trying to find a seat in a pulsing outdoor rock’n roll concert.

If Ressa’s argument is that she was “only a tweet away”, implying that Stuart-Santiago (@radikalchick on Twitter) should have come to her for comment first before publishing her piece, one could also respond with the argument that it is only a mouse-click away from the comments facility of Stuart-Santiago’s blog — a facility that, as most 21st Century “Netizens” are aware, most blogs are equipped with. So perhaps, rather than stew about not being “consulted” for input before Stuart-Santiago published her piece, Ressa could have simply logged on to the site and clarified her position in a “professionally” written comment there.

Facilities are in place to vote up or vote down the aggregate credibility of content circulating on the Web.

This is an interesting case study in how the full weight of a hierarchical traditionally-exclusive institutional clique tries to stomp into an inclusive ecosystem of loosely-associated mutually self-correcting free agents and impose its quaint “industry practice” on the bemused citizens. The principle at work here is around how trying hard to be two things at once — in the case of Rappler.com both traditional and “new” — is a balancing act not too many folk get right. Obviously, the Rappler.com clique of “online journalists” are fumbling with the ball here.

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Rain
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Benigno,

In the spirit of disclosure, I’m just wondering if you’re one of the casualties of those people who Maria Ressa fired.

Rain
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I disagree. I understand that if Maria Ressa has concerns with what RadikalChick wrote, she can just address them all in the comment section.

However, there wouldn’t be concerns to address if Radicalchick simply took the effort to ask Maria Ressa about her assumptions.

Isn’t it basic to get the side of the person you’re planning to write, anyway? In this case, what RadicalChick did was, write all her libelous bullshit, THEN have Maria Ressa dispute it. Whut?

jay
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i think rappler is more like an old whore trying to turn tricks on the street corner. not tempting, even drunk and in the dark of night.

Stuffy
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Bingo! Jay, you hit this one out of the ballpark!! Crappler.com is a bunch of supposedly tech-savvy intellectuals in the jounalism space trying to take their crapola ideas and dump it onto social media space. Thankfully they are executing very badly.

BenK
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How about making libelous assumptions after the interview is requested and denied, kinda like what these Repellers did with UST? Just something that occurred to me just now.

AngelGA
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Oh yeah, Rapper este Rappler was just so quick to cast judgment on UST when it banner-headlined its story that the university broke its rules. The headline of the story contrasted clearly against the fifth paragraph. So irresponsible!

noy abnoy
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MARIA RESSA AND RAPPER.COM (SIC) ARE GOING TO FACE CHARGES IN COURT SOON FOR THE UNETHICAL AND IRRESPONSIBLE CARNAGE THEY AUTHORED.

WHAT RESSA AND VITUG DID WAS PLAIN BIGOTRY.

UST 400 CENTURY HARD EARNED NAME AND DIGNITY WAS DIMINISHED, PREJUDICED, DAMAGED AND EMBARRASSED.

THEY WILL PAY FOR THEIR JUVENILE AND FLAWED JOURNALISTIC MANUEVERISM.

alex
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I think you meant 4 centuries, not 400.

ChinoF
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When will “journalists” realize that they’re not special people and they don’t have special privileges, such as being granted an interview all the time?

ici
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agree.

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