Senate inquiry on “fake news” turns into pointless finger-pointing exercise

It’s not clear what Senator Grace Poe as the chairman for the Committee on Public Information and Mass Media wanted to achieve in conducting a hearing on fake news. The hearing did not have any clear objective. Poe just allowed the resource speakers to state their claim and then… nothing. She doesn’t even ask for […]

The REAL Cocoy Dayao: A cautionary tale about a person who hung out with the wrong crowd

I knew Cocoy Dayao back when he wrote for his own blog Big Mango in the early- to mid-2000s. Back then, a healthy respect for Yellowtardism still pervaded the political discourse, but there was, even then, a growing skepticism surrounding what was perceived to be a disturbing trend towards extra-constitutionally changing duly-elected leaders (a.k.a. “people […]

You can’t ban ‘fake news’ unless you also ban Eat Bulaga and Catholicism

The Philippines is a paradise for con men and carpetbaggers. Because Filipinos lack a substantial foundation of principles to stabilise their journey through life, it is easy to use modern technology and basic persuasion techniques to herd them in different directions. It is a nation of 100 million people just asking to be milked of […]

Philippine Senate inquiry on ‘fake news’ reveals how little people understand about REAL blogging

Another non-surprise today. Cocoy Dayao, the man seemingly at the centre of a vast network of anti-government websites and blogs was a no-show at today’s Senate inquiry into “fake news”. Instead of Dayao, it was Malacanang bloggers RJ “Thinking Pinoy” Nieto and Assistant Secretary for Communications Mocha Uson who had to stand under the harsh […]

To make #CocoyGate go away, just throw #SilentNoMore, #PinoyAko and Cocoy Dayao under the bus

Some perhaps would call Silent No More and Pinoy Ako “blogs”. But that’s really just using a very loose definition of the term. The writing style of these two sites make their trashy posts more akin to adolescent Twitter tweets unchained from the 140-character limit. They don’t really fit the criteria of well-structured work befitting […]

#CocoyGate: The Amazing Issues On-and-Off Switch used by Yellowtard ‘thought leaders’!

It is hardly surprising that the very same “fake news” that the Philippine Opposition had been screeching about over the last several months has suddenly become a non-issue. Selective “activism”, after all, is a Yellowtard expertise. Indeed, the list of “non-issues” kept by the Opposition (led by the Liberal Party, a.k.a. the “Yellowtards”) is growing. […]

Philippine mainstream media in all-out effort to bury #CocoyGate ‘fake news’ scandal!

Back in October 2016, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa wrote about how an army of trolls have “weaponized the Internet” and that she is the protagonist in a “propaganda war” waged by an enemy that is “chipping away at facts, using half-truths that fabricate an alternative reality by merging the power of bots and fake accounts […]

The CBCP became a source of ‘fake news’ when it published a list of ‘fake news’ sites

This is in response to the list of “fake news” sites published by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) which included GetRealPhilippines.com. We did not respond to this initially because we thought it was too ridiculous to be taken seriously. The lack of a sound basis and coherent set of criteria applied to […]