Today’s “fake news” is revenge for 30 years of Yellow lies and hypocrisy

According to the Inquirer Editor, camps aligned (loosely or tightly) with the Philippines’ Opposition are “fighting back”. Leading this “fight”, they claim, is “vice president” Leni Robredo who has seemingly taken it up upon herself to serve as the Opposition’s mouthpiece from within Malacanang.

Robredo’s jump-off point for this new “assault” on “fake news” and social media trollery is the recent explosive exposé on the alleged dark side of her and her late husband — Jesse Robredo’s — political brand detonated by the anonymous blogger group We Are Collective (WAC). Robredo’s whine is basically about how she and her late husband’s memory had become victims of this explosion of debatable “revelations”…

“My husband is not here to defend himself,” VP Robredo said, adding that filing a case in court was among the options she was considering as a “principled response” to the dirty posts.

It is worth noting that WAC itself has had its own bad days of spotty credibility (its Facebook page and website had been shut down) and had thrown the various cliques of social media personalities aligned with President Rodrigo Duterte into turmoil and in-fighting. Some pro-Duterte personalities who had earlier contributed to the hype in the lead up to the debut of the WAC exposé have had to backtrack on their endorsement of its “revelations” and suffered a resulting dent on their own respective personal brands.

Indeed, the fallout from the WAC debacle not only damaged the Robredo camp. It also damaged the brand equity of key parties and personalities within the pro-Duterte camp. Such is the potency of social media — not in terms of adding to the collective intellect of humanity but in terms of exposing its impotence and inability to function properly in the face of a torrent of information new technologies serve up to humanity in increasingly voluminous data streams.

The key point being missed by those who lament “fake news” and social media trollery is in how all this, really, is the new 21st Century challenge to our species’ ability to think things through. Before the advent of social media or, for that matter, even older mass media piped through broadcast radio, television, and newspapers, people already generally struggled with making sense of and sorting through information coming through their gadgets (whether these gadgets are big appliances sitting on their living room floors or the newer and tinier ones permanently cradled on millennial’s palms).

On that, it is worth reminding “vice president” Leni Robredo that her Yellow Camp had itself sustained even more vicious trollery against its enemies during their day. The “evidence” used by the prosecution panel in the impeachment of the late former Chief Justice Renato Corona, for example, was found to be all fake. What is more astounding about this fake information presented to no less than the Philippine Senate was that these were broadcast and propagated through channels normally regarded as the mainstream — via big (and erstwhile “respectable”) corporate media outlets like the Inquirer and ABS-CBN and via no less than the Senate itself which, for months during this impeachment “trial” served as the sounding board of the Aquino administration’s campaign to demonise and persecute Corona.

Some news sites like Rappler had even resorted to potentially criminal means to contribute to this persecution effort using illegally-obtained information on Corona’s private bank accounts and packaging these into “news reports” written by their so-called “online journalists”.

In short, nobody can claim to be “fighting against” social media trollery and “fake news” — because all camps are guilty of engaging in trollery and propagating “fake news”. Don’t blame the technology. Blame a far more ancient malaise: Idiot members of the species who prefer believing over thinking.

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salagintongbukid
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Wow! the yellows are all over the world. de lima should explain first photographs of her partying with druglords as a DOJ.

claudio
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The fake vice-president is spreading fake information about fake “7,000” summary killings supposedly committed by police, at a fake “UN” plenary. Leni Robredo’s “palit ulo” video is not being endorsed by the UN. It is only being aired at a side session organized by an NGO called DRCNet Foundation during the UN conference on narcotics. You wouldn’t know that though, from the way the mainstream media is reporting this as if the UN itself is endorsing Robredo’s harebrained video. The Liberal Party and their accomplices in the mainstream media like to namedrop ICC, EU, and UN to create the illusion… Read more »
DIO
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These ‘fake news’ that the Yellows and Robredo decrying are present before this adminitration. When it favors them with the mainstream media on their backs, it’s ‘actual’ news.

The 30 years of Yellow lies and hypocrisy is spot on – after 1986 what we got is a government whored by media that keeps on telling ‘everything is ok’. You guys connect the dots.

David Roxas
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it is absolutely amazing to me that the VP is working against the P! how is anything supposed to get done? how is the Philippines supposed to break into the economic stratosphere when the govt is fighting itself? it is ridiculous and it is a carry over from tribal politics of old. Philippines needs a deep and through cleansing of its root culture to rid itself of this problem.

Here is a summary of the WAC report, and here is a report any self-respecting Filipino ought to read concerning the root problems within Filipino culture.

David Roxas
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The Philippines will never get anywhere with the government fighting against itself. Why is the Vice President fighting the President? How it even possible that Robredo would puttee good of her party so above the well-being of her nation that she would continually strive against her co-worker? And how can anyone support a party that seeks at any cost to stay in power even if it means constantly maligning the President and dividing the country? This all has its roots deep in the culture and psyche of the Philippines and until you can change a leopard’s spots or an Ethiopian’s… Read more »
d_forsaken
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A house divided against itself cannot stand.

RCL
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The separate election of the VP and President was another one of those well-intentioned but poorly thought out policies implemented by the Cory administration as an over-reaction against the authoritarian regime of Marcos. The thinking was, if the President and VP came from different parties, it would weaken the Presidency and reduce the chances of a dictatorship returning to the country. The flaw in this thinking is this: the VP is supposed to be the “spare tire” to the President in the event of his demise. As such the VP is supposed to continue the platform and direction of the… Read more »
656Hyden007Toro99999.999
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656Hyden007Toro99999.999
There are some reliable reports, that COMELEC Chairman Bautista, had met with Pres. Duterte, regarding the 2016 election cheating role of the COMELEC, as ordered by Aquino, himself. Pres. Duterte was a victim of the “Dagdag-Bawas Scheme” of the COMELEC. There was a 5 million votes, added to Mar Roxas, removed from the 21 million votes of Pres. Duterte. Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., was also a victim of the “Dagdag-Bawas scheme”…Leni Robredo, was the beneficiary of the electoral fraud. So, Leni Robredo is a Fake Vice President. Okay, the woman, has declared “War on Trolls”… How can she catch these… Read more »
zaxx
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The Yellows deserve a taste of their own fake brainwashing medicine – to the point of historical revisionism that will change NAIA’s name into MIA (Macoy International Airport).

But really, is it “more fun in the Philippines” because of the adventure of Gullible’s Troubles at every turn? How did the Philippines come to be the Uto-uto capital of the world in the first place? Hint: False religion and the art of making people not question what is taught from the pulpit.

716Hyden007Toro9999.99
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716Hyden007Toro9999.99
As a result of the COMELEC Chairman Bautista’s COMELEAKS…the integrity of the COMELEC is already compromised. There was a wholesale cheating thru: HOCUSPCOS, SMARTMAGIC in the 2016 election. I myself, don’t believe that Porky Drilon has topped the Senatorial slate. He is a Pork Barrel Bribery enthusiast, and a Hacienda Luisita Swine…That, the nymphomaniac, Leila de Lima, who is now in Prison for drug dealing; and being the Drug Cartel Queen, is elected Senator. That, Ms. Hontiveros and a certain Vilanueva, were elected as Senators. These people are useless, and unknown… We have to have a RECOUNT, all Senatorial votes.… Read more »
55Hyden007Toro9999.999
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55Hyden007Toro9999.999
The destabilization process of the administration of Pres. Duterte is already on its high gear…this is being done by the Aquino Cojuangco political axis, the Axis of Evil and Greed…they are the “men behind the shadows”, in this political poker game … This is the reason. they bet everything on Leni Robredo…the impeachment; the UN report; the European Union Report; the campaign in the U.S., to help remove Pres. Duterte; and the campaign around the world against Pres. Duterte… The YellowTard paid media is busy on all fronts. They are busy airing , FAKE NEWS , and political propaganda. It… Read more »