Journalism is not a crime but some ‘journalists’ are downright crooked

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Much as it may have pained the editors of mainstream news sites like the Inquirer.net, a Get Real Post comment featured on GRPundit on the 1st October 2016, Reporters Karen Lema and Manuel Mogato of @Reuters LIED about the Duterte “Hitler” quote, was consistently cited as the place where it all started. They refer to what is purported to be a full-scale attack on Reuters “veteran reporters” Lema and Mogato by an “online lynch mob”.

The account of the purported attack was first revealed in a statement issued by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on the 3rd October 2016 and picked up by a handful of news sites. A certain Kara Patria Constantino David published the statement verbatim in a Facebook post

In a short while, [the GRPundit article had] become a meme featuring the photos of our colleagues that has been widely circulated by the President’s followers, often with added comments expanding on the call for violent punitive action, and calling for controls on freedom of the press and of expression.

Mr. Duterte’s injunction to his supporters not to harm journalists and leave them to pursue independent reporting about his government seems to have fallen on deaf ears, drowned by the overflowing zeal of an army of social media warriors who are quick to deflect the slips in judgment and pronouncements he has made as if he is infallible.

The statement, as evident in the excerpt above, stopped short of insinuating that GRP was the instigator of the troll attack on Mogato and Lema. Indeed, political blogger Ellen Tordesillas gave that distinction to a certain Yolly Reyes Junto who, posted the content of that GRPundit article (and, it seems, not citing her source in the post) on Facebook along with what is likely to be the meme refered to in the NUJP statement. Throughout her blog post, Tordesillas attributed the “tirade” to Junto herself…

Once again, warped thinking was on full display when a Yolly Reyes Junto posted on Facebook her rant against Reuters reporters Manny Mogato and Karen Lerma over the story of President Duterte comparing himself with Adolf Hitler.

Junto’s Oct. 1 post started with a purported disclaimer: “I am no Duterte fanatic. I criticize him more scathingly than anyone when his mouth is out of line. But this time, Duterte really didn’t say anything wrong.”

Then her tirades against the Reuters reporters: “The real culprits behind the fuss over his Hitler comment are Karen Lerma and Manuel Mogato, two Filipino reporters of the Reuters news agency, who wrote this article: ‘Philippines’ Duterte likens himself to Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug addicts’.”

To be fair, the NUJP resisted the temptation to suggest that it was the intent of GRP to instigate these threats of violence against Mogato and Lema. Get Real Post writer Paul Farol makes it clear that he stands with the NUJP “against Dutertard Attacks” and that GRP, and its broader GRP Community members, do not condone threats and attacks against anyone. Farol was (and is) himself the recipient of vicious online attacks…

Having been on the receiving end of vicious attacks online, I can empathize with the plight of the reporters named by Mr. Rosauro and support his statement against attempts to suppress any one’s right to freedom of speech.

Thing is, what happened to Lema and Mogato has also happened to Pia Ranada on the Live Video feed of the PCO’s Facebook Page. This is something that I notified friends in the PCO about and happily, PCO Secretary Martin Andanar himself called out the behavior of some of Duterte’s supporters.

Personally, what really got my goat is GRP being labelled by the Inquirer.net as a “pro-Duterte” site. Our writers will attest to the fact that GRP and its administrators do not prescribe any specific position on any particular issue nor do we prescribe any partisan affiliation. Every GRP writer is at full liberty to express any position on any matter. Indeed, we rely on our broader community of readers and commenters, both on-site within our Web assets and in our Facebook communities to keep us honest.

While it may be true that many of our articles (specifically mine, in particular) can be construed as Duterte-leaning, the arguments and positions taken are, like all GRP articles, firmly grounded on sound principles. In short, if there are compelling arguments against what we write, they are in our comment sections. If there are positions to be taken counter to what many claim to be “the collective GRP position” (for argument’s sake, imagining there is such a thing), we haven’t seen any compelling enough to change the general views of any one GRP writer (for now).

My biased opinion starts with this: The Yellow Camp has been discredited after 30 years of No Results and, four months into the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, are yet to prove that their camp had and could have done things better. More importantly, they have yet to prove that these “extrajudicial killings” (which they have conned the world’s “journalists” into writing about rabidly) are directly linked to Malacanang or even to the police. Prove me wrong.

Flaws notwithstanding, the Duterte Way continues to earn the confidence of a broad swathe of Philippine society. Could Duterte do better? Yes. Personally, I think he should shut up 80 percent of the time, stay on-script with his speechwriters, and leave the nuanced technical talk to his staff. For that matter, his staff should step up and be better at managing their boss and protect him from the crooked way Filipino and foreign journalists conspire to “interpret” his words in a way preferred by their editors.

[Photo courtesy The Guardian.]

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31 Comments on “Journalism is not a crime but some ‘journalists’ are downright crooked”

  1. Because of maliciously irresponsible ” journalism”, diplomatic relations between nations or administrations have been strained, particularly between the Philippines & the US, perhaps the EU & UN as well. Not only is there is no hint of remorse from these journalists/reporters for the sedition, provocations, and international disservice they have caused, they may even be socio-pathically gloating over this unfortunate outcome. The extent of the damage may be profound & possibly irreparable.

    At the root is maliciously slanted reporting—-which elicited a series of misunderstandings that lead to all this mutual mistrust & talk concerning the US refusing to supply the Philippines with military upgrades, prompting the President to turn to Russia or China for supplies, causing the President disappointment, thus provoking verbal tirades against Obama or current US administration, all of which resulted in a wedge between the US-Phil alliance, & the termination of joint military exercises.

    Now, these vicious journalists/reporters have turned their rabid hostility towards those, like GRP, who simply beg to differ. Their hatred & desperation must run so deep as to not care about evil consequences negatively impacting alliances historically forged between countries.

    1. The straining of ties is due to Duterte’s shift from West to East. He basically insults the US daily. Media has nothing to do with it. They just report what comes out of his mouth. He has an unfortunate experience with US and with that narrow lens frames his foreign policy based on it.

  2. I certainly hope that this statement sets the record straight. Unlike Du30’s statements, GRP articles should generally be taken at their face value.

  3. what’s the new recipes now that the LP’s declares they’re now independent? could they still doom the nation with their new cinematic live action trailer?

  4. “..drowned by the overflowing zeal of an army of social media warriors who are quick to deflect the slips in judgment and pronouncements he has made as if he is infallible.”

    -Kara Patria Constantino David

    All these “overflowing zeal”, “slips in judgment and pronouncements”, & “infallible”, aren’t these first exhibited by Aquino supporters, many of whom now hostile towards Duterte?

    Oh, I forgot, hypocrisy & being ‘double-standard’ seems to be a praiseworthy “virtue” in the yellow camp as long as one advocates the yellow LP agenda.

  5. Felipe, the yellow camp does not have a monopoly on hypocrisy.Hypocrisy is our nation’s past time – from the politicians of all color to the celebrities, and right down to the regualr Juan’s and Juana’s.

    To single out one camp is a blatant display of ignorance.

    1. Ren Car, if you are not a typical yellowtard apologist for the previous disastrous administration, why do0 you have a YELLOW Tetris symbol as your avatar?

    2. Ren Car,

      Oh jeeeeeze, no one is saying they have a monopoly. If you think the Yellow Camp has not brought it further than the others to new depths, I have a bridge to sell you.

      Get a clue!

      1. @FELIPE, WHAT? FERDIE MARCOS would SHUT DOWN GET REAL PHILIPPINES and throw the writer’s in jail…except Benigno because he is outside the country. Just because YOU dislike Aquino doesn’t mean that Martial Law was not implemented.

        1. @THE RETURN OF GERRY

          Interesting speculation. But, yours is nothing more than that—YOUR speculation.

          On GRP:
          I’m not one of GRP’s contributor writers (perhaps eventually), so what I say about it is not official.

          What GRP is primarily critical towards, is Pinoy Culture, & perhaps enlightenment & then cultural reform. The Yellows happened to be criticized, because it reinforces & exploits our worse cultural traits to protect the status quo & their other selfish interests, political or otherwise. This is why if fell under GRP crosshairs. In other words, its concern is mainly cultural and only consequentially political.

          Ferdie Marcos:
          I was terribly young when I’ve opted for Cory when everyone else was for FM. So, ‘not really such a huge fan of Ferdie Macoy myself.

          However, the so-called abuses during Martial Law happened under the watch of then Defense Secretary Enrile, and Fidel Ramos of the Philippine Constabulary—Now, they are seen as heroes. If FM was such a horrible person, he would have ordered the dispersion of the Edsa crowd by [deadly] force, yet he did not. Martial Law per se is a measure taken when things get out of hand——Democratic nations such as the U.S. recognize its usefulness——It is NOT evil of itself.

          Edsa Aftermath:
          Now, we’re living in the aftermath of Edsa. They had 30+ years to show real results. With all the freedom and opportunities they have claimed to have regained for us, it turned out to be a terrible lie.

          Nothing personal, but AbNoy not only squandered opportunities, he also regressed the country——He & his supporters made partisan politics even worse, dirtier, & ever more decadent in this country——It’s not BS AbNoy Aquino alone as it is the whole LP Yellow lie being insidiously & continually spread through media connections (both local and foreign) that’s still infesting the country.

          Press abuses:
          Regarding press freedom. the Lopezes got back their media network, so they’ve adulated Cory to the high heavens. But, remember Cory even sued reporter Luis Beltran over a petty personal issue regarding her hiding under her bed. That was personal and not destructive to the country, yet she made a big deal about it——Compare that to the abuses the press is doing now, courtesy of the Yellow Camp, who would rather jeopardize our relations with other countries just to bring down their hated Duterte——sore over the fact that people freely voted him into office, instead of their Yellow candidate. Duterte did not aspire for it, but he got more signatures than he expected to agree to finally run (& eventually win). He is now doing his darnest to fulfill his campaign promise, amidst the impossible barriers the Yellow detractors would put up to make him fail.

          Mainstream media is failing to police themselves, thus, I would not be surprised if there are grassroots movements on the rise to remind the media of their malicious excesses.

          Hypocrisy of the Yellow Camp:
          When your idea of cleaning up gov’t from corruption equates to persecuting only your political enemies, then committing constitutional crimes, bribing to win political alliances & favors, leaving a trail of bloodshed due to profound incompetence or protecting the Hacienda, and so on, you’ve outdone the other groups in the hypocrisy department——Nothing can be more Pharisaical.

        2. Which reminds me of something:

          “Thirty years ago, there was controlled media. Now, the media men, who lost their jobs, are back with a vengeance. And yes, there is freedom of speech. But they’re making sure that the Yellows have the loudest speech. What’s the point of having freedom of speech when yours is going to get drowned down anyway…”

    1. Definitely. All politicians get counselling in how to manage the media. Reporters have a job to do – sell newspapers – and Duterte needs know how to spin that to his advantage.

      Until he does, he’d be better off not speaking.

  6. I say: most of the Filipino Journalists , prostituted their positions, as Journalists. They are paid to promote , the political agendas of politicians, like : Aquino, Mar Roxas, Leni Robredo, Porky Drillon, Trillanes, etc…

    I have been victim of YellowTard Trolls, year in and year out. They cite a sentence in your blog; then “spin” it. To make you look bad, to the readers of your blogs.

    Pres. Duterte, is more vulnerable, than me, a common blogger. He is the President of the Philippines. What comes out from his mouth, is received/read into, by various news agencies thruout the world. With those who are against him. They can do anything on his statements, like : twist it; demonize it; spin it; add some bad sentences in it; remove some good sentences in it ; put words on his mouth; misinterpret it as evil; etc… !

    It depends , if they are for Duterte, or against Duterte. It is easy to Demonize Duterte, if these Crooked Journalists have connections with foreign news agencies.

    It is more of the “Plan B” of Aquino. To Eject Duterte from the Presidency. Put the false/HOCUS PCOS Vice President : Leni Robredo, as President. Stop the Shabu Drug investigations. Make De Lima and Trillanes, as “Champion of Human Rights”…Make Herbert Conlangco, as the Rock Star, inside the National Bilibid Prison; together with Sharon Cuneta and Freddie Aguilar.

    The Chinese Triad Mafia, for which, Benigno Conjuangco Aquino III, is a member, will continue, their Shabu business. We will all be addicted to Shabu. Then, we will continue to elect their political candidates, even without the HOCUS PCOS Machine !

    Let us Shabu them ! Until they know not what they do …command the Chief YellowTard: Aquino !

  7. Failipinos sometimes imagine that just because they have access to so many newspapers, radio and TV channels, they will get an infinity of different opinions. Then they discover that things are just the opposite: the power of these loudspeakers only amplifies the opinion prevalent at a certain time, to the point where it covers any other opinion.

    If a Failipino is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he/she becomes a journalist. Failipino media journalists are miserable, edgy and tired. They’re always in the perfect mood for their own so-called “journalism”.

    Myth is much more important and true than history in the Failippines. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is. Failippines journalism largely consists in saying “Lord Jones is dead” to Failipinos who never knew Lord Jones was alive. Failipino journalism is predominantly paltry and worthless. Its pretensions are enormous, but its achievements are insignificant.

    The Failipino media/press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits—a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage. The image of the Failipino journalist as wallflower at the orgy has been replaced by the Failipino journalist as the life of the party.

    So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here–not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.

    All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone’s feelings. To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter. The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

  8. these yellow media and their hepa-infected reporters thought PRRD is taking their bait but it’s the other way – they are now clearly and boldly highlighted as anti-admin and the public is starting to trash them

  9. According to the Sworn and Subscribed Testimony of Joenel Sanchez, a security man detailed to former DOJ Sec. De Lima: ” Ronnie Dayan and Leila de Lima, were feeding each other Boiled Bananas, infront of them”…”talagang sweet na sweet ang dalawa” …then came in another lover, named : Warren Cristobal. Former Sec. de Lima, gave her new boyfriend, an expensive pistol.

    Former DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima changes her boyfriend, as frequently, as she changes her panties ! Boyfriends are just “Flavor of the Month” …. What a whore…an unabashed Shabu Drug Whore !!!

  10. To be fair, we should apply the same principle of command responsibility to President Duterte as we did with BS Aquino, his predecessor. While it has yet to be proven that Duterte himself had a hand in the so-called extra-judicial killings, ultimately, as the highest government official in the land, responsibility will ultimately fall on him. However, if I remember correctly, he has already beaten his opponents to the punch on this one.

    How did his predecessor fare, with regard to command responsibility? Quite simply, he assumed none of it. To his minions, he was never wrong until the very end. That position is well-represented in blogs such as Get Real Post.

    I don’t think it is actually the point of the “opposition” to prove in court, beyond all reasonable doubt, that the EJK’s are Duterte’s doing, but that’s another story. The opposition’s apparent aim is just to obstruct him enough to make him not only uncomfortable, to the point that he will just give up, but ineffective. The word that comes to mind is the Japanese gaman-kurabe (我慢比べ), which means “test of endurance.”

  11. The official yellow tabloid, also known as the “Philippine Daily Inquirer”, came out with an editorial against Senator Dick Gordon today. http://opinion.inquirer.net/97980/gordons-meltdown

    Gordon’s crime? Calling out Leila de Lima’s crap at the last Senate hearing.

    In the fantasy yellow planet that Inquirer editors live in, it was Gordon, not De Lima, who lost his sh*t and screamed like a lunatic, hence the op-ed title “Gordon’s meltdown”.

    According to the Inquirer, Gordon “tried to shame De Lima that angered many people watching the televised hearing”.

    That’s not a misprint. The Inquirer really wrote that.

    Perhaps the PNP should include the Inquirer office in their next Oplan Tokhang visit. These hallucinating editors make shabu addicts look like models of sobriety.

    The Inquirer editors love to misrepresent the truth because they think ordinary people are too stupid to see through their lies.

    But who are the real stupid ones? Ordinary citizens like us, or the Inquirer?

    Let’s look at the facts, based on the actual video of the Senate hearing below.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geBWC9MQYPM

    1. Who had a meltdown, Gordon or De Lima?

    Watch 5:52:09 to 5:54:00 of the video, and see who ranted like a wild animal, then stormed out of the session hall while shouting “I’m walking out! I’m walking out!”

    Was it Gordon, or De Lima?

    2. Was there “material concealment”?

    In 5:47:50 of the video above, Trillanes read what Matobato said about his kidnapping case, based on the transcript:

    “Pinaylan ako ng kaso ma’am, ng kidnapping kay Sali Makdum. Hindi ko sila tinuro. Parang inako ko rin. Pinaylan ako sa NBI.”

    Notice Matobato did not mention that it was Makdum’s wife who filed a kidnapping case against him. This was a deliberate omission.

    But someone at the Senate already knew this juicy tidbit—Leila de Lima.

    De Lima admitted that she interviewed Matobato on Sep 2, nearly two weeks before he first testified at the Senate on Sep 15.

    In 5:06:39 of the video above, De Lima said this is what Matobato told her during that interview, based on her notes:

    “A criminal case for kidnapping was filed against him (Matobato) by Makdum’s live-in partner or wife Mirasol Marquez.”

    So, was there “material concealment”?

    Hell, yes!

    De Lima knew all along that Makdum’s wife held Matobato responsible for her husband’s disappearance. But despite knowing this, De Lima let Matobato pin the blame on President Duterte, in front of the global media!

    Moreover, Makdum’s wife is the cousin of Matobato’s wife, so Matobato’s claim that he didn’t know Makdum, and only followed orders to kill him, was a total lie.

    Worse, De Lima only admitted that she knew Makdum’s wife filed the kidnapping case after the Davao policemen already exposed it. She was forced to admit it so Matobato would not be accused of lying to the Senate.

    There you go, Inquirer. The joke’s on you.

    Senator Gordon, please don’t take this sitting down. Fight for what is right and what is true. Don’t let the yellow media bully you. The yellow media are dying. You don’t need to please them. Be on the side of the people instead, because we are watching everything, and we have our own voice now through social media.

    Senator Gordon, don’t let De Lima and Trillanes off the hook just because it’s politically expedient. They need to pay for what they’ve done. Take a stand. Give your privilege speech and expose their grand deception. Millions of us are behind you. We are counting on you to make sure justice is done. The Filipino people and our President deserve no less.

    This is your moment of truth, sir. Bring back the fearless Flash Gordon!

  12. The Inquirer’s new look is tupsy turvy. Management must have paid a fortune for that. What is more apparent though is that thrown out was its ‘Balanced news, Fearless Views.’

    Goodbye Inquirer. I read you from your first issue. Now I’d rather read a tabloid.

  13. How the mighty have fallen—Maria Ressa, former CNN bureau chief and former head of the ABS-CBN news department, has been reduced to picking fights with Mocha Uson.

    Ressa’s website Rappler has been posting a series of articles against pro-Duterte netizens who lambasted the yellow media for their biased reporting.
    https://twitter.com/mariaressa/status/784697111518457857

    Mocha Uson was singled out by Rappler because she’s one of the most vocal Duterte supporters, and her blog has been overtaking Ressa’s Rappler in Facebook engagements.

    What a humiliating blow for Maria Ressa’s ego. A mere “sexy star” (as Rappler calls Mocha), with none of Ressa’s credentials, experience, or funding, has beaten her at her own game.

    How could this happen?

    As a netizen who used to read Rappler but who now prefers to read Mocha’s blog, let me offer an explanation.

    I prefer getting my news from Mocha Uson because she provides the updates that none of the yellow media are reporting.

    For example, it was through Mocha’s site that I found out about the great improvements Sec. Art Tugade made at the airport, and the groundbreaking steps that Sec. Rafael Mariano and Sec. Manny Pinol have taken to help Filipino farmers, like the two-year ban on land conversion and free irrigation.

    I go to Mocha’s site because that’s where I can read the unfiltered sentiments and concerns of our kababayans, without the lies and distortions of the yellow media.

    Obviously, I’m not the only one who feels this way, that’s why the traffic on Mocha’s site and other anti-yellow sites has been skyrocketing.

    Elitist journalists want to believe only the masa read Mocha’s page, but they are gravely mistaken. Everyone is reading Mocha Uson’s blog, from security guards to CEOs. Her Facebook engagement stats are now higher than Rappler and Inquirer, so it’s not surprising that they’re openly attacking her.

    Senators, congressmen, and other elected officials, you need to pay attention.

    Mocha, like President Duterte, is living proof that the yellow media are becoming irrelevant.

    Mocha, like President Duterte, became more popular than she ever was because she gave voice to the people and refused to kowtow to the yellow media.

    Contrast this with Leni Robredo and Leila de Lima, who worked so hard to be the darlings of the yellow media and only succeeded in making people hate them more.

    Sucking up to the yellow media is the new kiss of death. Be forewarned. The people and Mocha Uson are the real kingmakers now.

  14. This is great news. Maria Ressa is indeed now considered irrelevant and redundant. Time to venture to another level of journalism Maria Ressa. From ABIAs-CBN to CNN and now to Rappler….there’s no winning in you, is there?

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