Rappler contradicts its own brand story by clinging on to mainstream by-laws

If Rappler people were true dyed-in-the-wool hipsters, believers in the real essence of “online journalism”, and secure in their organisation’s position as a self-described nexus platform for online “thought leadership”, then it wouldn’t matter to them how they are classified — much less even bothered the least bit by what “Die-hard Duterte Supporter” (DDS) bloggers […]

Support Rappler! Why? Coz God’s Gift to Journalism cannot surivive on DATA alone

Why should we “support Rappler”? Good question. Rappler is, supposedly, a business venture. It’s got investors who expect a return on their investment that is proportionate to the risk they’ve taken parking that money in Rappler’s books (i.e. more than, say, what they could have earned in interest had they invested those funds in a […]

Can Catholic schools and their products ever be truly non-partisan?

I don’t think so — which is disturbing considering that three of the top four universitites in the Philippines are run by Catholic priests. Catholic priests, it should be highlighted here, have taken a vow of obedience, and at the very top of this hierarchy of obedience sits, guess who, none but the Catholic Bishops […]

Dissecting Rappler

OVERVIEW The embattled website Rappler.com have been through many issues and controversies since the dawn of the Duterte administration in the Philippines, alleged of misquoting the President, using fake photos, publishing fake news and propaganda, using questionable graphs and data, and putting various bloggers and netizens under bad light. In return, the President himself occasionally […]

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 […]

People shrieking about ‘fake news’ are starting to sound like The Boy Who Cried Wolf

People who keep shrieking about “fake news” are overdoing it. They are now starting to come across like The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The tale of The Boy Who Cries Wolf concerns a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking wolves are attacking his flock. When a wolf actually does appear and the […]

Sorority blog @RapplerDotCom stood alone in screaming “TERRORIST!” during the Resorts World attack

In hindsight, it was “social news network” Rappler.com that stood alone as the only key organisation of significant influence screaming bloody terrorism and shrieking “ISIS!” as Resorts World burned. 37 innocent people died that night, not because they were infidels but because they unwittingly had already been trapped by circumstance when they first entered the […]

Resorts World siege made deadlier by irresponsible media reports and lapses in building safety compliance

The Resorts World Manila siege on the 2nd of June that resulted in the deaths of 37 and injured more than 50 people highlighted yet again how unsafe the facilities are and how precarious the security situation is in the Philippines even inside world class establishments.  The incident also shows the role media plays in adding to […]