Except for one little detail, journalism and literary fiction are THE SAME BANANA

According to Maria Ressa in a tweet, “journalists shine the light”. She was very likely referring to the lofty position in the knowledge food chain she imagines her profession occupies — the be-all beacon of everything that is “true” in the Philippines, the “journalism” profession. Of course we all need to be reminded, having said […]

Facebook users should be left to decide what is fake and what is authentic

When Rappler CEO Maria Ressa announced what was supposed to be a momentous “partnering” of her “social news network” and Vera Files with social media giant Facebook to “fact check” Filipinos’ social media activities, she was probably expecting to be lauded as a “hero” in the world’s “fight” against disinformation. Instead, the opposite has happened. […]

Rappler “fact checking” partnership with Facebook is turning into a FIASCO

No matter what they do, the Opposition led by the Liberal Party cannot wash the yellow stain off their Yellowtard brand. Despite many rallies organised and many “reminders” to “wear white” in those rallies, the Opposition will, in the eyes of the majority of Filipinos, remain as Yellow as day-old piss. Branding, after all, is […]

Facebook could now be effectively operating as a FOREIGN media operation in the Philippines!

Now that Facebook is in bed with Rappler and Vera Files an important question needs to be raised: Is Facebook now acting like a media operation in the Philippines? A foreign one? It is an important question to mull over because under Philippine law, media organisations are barred from being invested in by foreign entities. […]

Rappler turns Facebook into a mainstream news outlet by becoming its “fact checker”

Nowadays, very few people will argue against the reality that mainstream news media organisations are suffering a double-edged crisis of relevance and public trust. Newspapers, conventional broadcast news, and, now, even the websites of news organisations are no longer the go-to media outlets of the average information consumer. And with the utter domination of users’ […]

Rappler journalists act like onion-skinned cry-babies

Let us talk about Rappler. Yes, the online news site that serves up content more like a well-oiled blogsite. There is a lot to be said about a supposed media company whose writers write more about themselves than the news itself. First, the organisation found itself in hot water and is now facing possible closure […]

‘Fake News’ crusader Maria Ressa uses Wikipedia as reference for ‘fake news’ accusations!

What possessed Rappler CEO Maria Ressa to post a link to an FHM Philippines article that then links to a Wikipedia article that exhibits a “List of Philippine Fake News Sites”? Everyone knows that Wikipedia is not a reliable source of “news”. Yet here is the self-appointed “thought leader” on all things digital, a crusader […]

Women who broke the law like CJ Sereno et al should stop playing the Woman Card and face the consequences

If we are to believe members of the Opposition, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is anti-women and is targeting women in government and media who are critical of him. To demonstrate this, they created a list of women he is supposedly harassing and bullying into silence. The list includes Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, current […]