On one hand, it is quite gratifying to see some folks belatedly realising the error in their ways when, in 2012, they joined the Moron Bandwagon to vilify then Chief Justice Renato Corona as he bravely stood before the Senate Impeachment “Court”. But on the other, it is difficult to forgive people in general who, rather than take a bit of effort to think things through, habitually go down the easy, safe, and popular path.
The late former Chief Justice Renato Corona is dead. His was a preventable tragedy. Like the enormous death tolls exacted by many “natural” disasters that hit the Philippines it would have taken just a bit of foresight and modern thinking to avert doom.
It would have been less baffling if ordinary people had engaged in the wholesale sloppy thinking that swamped Philippine society in the midst of the media circus surrounding Corona’s trial in the first half of 2012. What is astounding, however, is how the pre-eminent erstwhile bastions of “truth” had, themselves, succumbed to the Jim Jones syndrome.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) was amongst those that led the Mob, fielding headline after headline of dubious reports on Corona’s “crimes”.
Even the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) was suckered into propagating the lie that was Corona’s alleged “82 dollar accounts”. Back in 2012, there certainly was none of the “investigative journalism” that the venerable PCIJ supposedly champions.
Ordinary Filipinos can be forgiven for lapping all this up. What cannot be forgiven are the editors of the once-respected channels through which information critical to the intellectual wellbeing of an entire nation is piped through. Even more unforgivable are those who wrote up all that fake news.
Many of us spent countless hours doing our part to raise small voices amidst the din generated by the bigger clique of mutual-high-fivin’ social and mainstream media chatteratti during Corona’s “trial”. More to the point, many of us exhibited the presence of mind to step back from the ambient ignoramity of the situation and apply clear minds to winnowing out the truth from the fakery propagated by the mainstream and logic and sense from the vile emotional demagoguery of the latte-sipping iPad activists who drank up the Kool Ade.
In short, those who were equipped with the brains but did not use them when it mattered cannot be excused.
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In advanced societies, people who drink and drive are arrested and made to pay huge fines and even lose their licenses. Those who had caused fatal accidents are thrown in jail. There is no saying “I’m sorry I should not have gotten behind the wheel after drinking those eight bottles of beer.” You don’t get to make excuses when someone is dead because of your stupidity and your apologies will forever ring hollow.
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