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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Felipe
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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… Read more »
rightist
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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.

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

THE RETURN OF GERRY
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NO SHIT HUH ? Some? How bout any journalist that is offered money……TAKES IT, and acts accordingly

a yellow tard
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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?

Felipe
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“..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.

Ren Car
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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.

Jerry Lynch
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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?

Felipe
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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!

THE RETURN OF GERRY
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@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.

Felipe
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@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:… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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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…”

gnogid
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Personally, I think he should shut up 80 percent of the time…

I have to agree on that.

marius
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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.

222Hyden007Toro99999.999
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222Hyden007Toro99999.999
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… Read more »
4DSakeOfDCountry
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Pres. Duterte should’ve just boycotted all these YELLOW MEDIA but only allow Government Media like PTV4.

d_forsaken
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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… Read more »
mogomogato
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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

555Toro007Hyden99999.9999
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555Toro007Hyden99999.9999

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 !!!

Amir Al Bahr
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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… Read more »
Bluefad
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It is aquinos fault.we should always blame him

mrericx
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Take a look at this published blog coming from CMFR & it looks like they [the greedy & Yellowtards journalists] are pissed off from the online attacks coming from Duterte fanatics/trolls:

http://cmfr-phil.org/press-freedom-protection/attacks-and-threats-against-the-media/online-threats-against-journalists-mark-dutertes-100-days/

Yup, karma is a bitch alright but journalism with greed is a huge BS!

bullsh*t detector
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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… Read more »
Juor Buted
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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.

centurion
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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… Read more »
sivenar pineda
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Mainstream media/journalist are falling down they became irrelevant because of their selective non sense issues.

Felix
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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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