Former Rapplerete Patricia Evangelista used this as the title of her book on — what else? — the allegedly murderous administration of former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. As I write this, her fellow Rapplerete Lian Buan is tweet-reporting the launching of the book in chi chi New York City (where else, right?). Buan “reports” that this “book launch” was hosted by “Columbia Journalism School’s Dart Center”. As it happens, former Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) chick Sheila Coronel is “the director of Columbia’s Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism”.
Buan goes on to “report” that Rappler CEO and winner of last year’s Nobel “Peace Prize” Maria Ressa calls Evangelista’s book “the best narrative literary journalism to come out of our country.” But of course, right? And, yes, no “reporting” from these people would be complete without the customary presentation of evidence that all this gushing is validated by some dude from a noted Western establishment…
The New Yorker editor David Remnick called Some People Need Killing a “journalistic masterpiece.” National Book Award–winning author Andrew Solomon said “she reveals the nature of unbridled cruelty w/ an insightfulness that I have not encountered since the work of Hannah Arendt.”
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Chi chi location: Check.
Venue within a chi chi institution: Check.
Becredentialed honcho of the “investigative journalism” cadre: Check.
Nobel “Peace Prize” laureate. Check.
National Book Award–winning author endorsement: Check.
Lian Buan deserves a promotion. Oh wait. She already got something better than a promotion. According to a “report” published by — who else? — Rappler, “Rappler reporter Lian Buan, 22 others get UK’s Chevening scholarship” Buan is, herself, a credentialed quotable and, get this, a woman…
“A room full of talent! So delighted for this year’s Chevening cohort, setting off to the UK for a fully-funded master’s degree. And, by the way, two-thirds are women,” said UK Ambassador to the Philippines Laure Beaufils, who held a sendoff for the scholars at her residence on Tuesday.
Rappler “reporting” about Rappler. You gotta at least give them credit for being consistent. Having said that, no amount of ciclejerking amongst the A-List of Philippine wokedom is complete without the mandatory reminder that, at the end of the day, it is no one other than Maria Ressa who is the Messiah of the Filipino people.
Oh wait, almost forgot…
Quoted statement from the UK Ambassador to the Philippines Laure Beaufils: CHECK!
Now we’re done!
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