The Media Have Their Flaws, Too
December 10, 2010 Leave a comment
December 5, 2010
Out of frustration for not being able to file a report due to technical difficulties during the talk of Ed Lingao (I was supposed to go live during the height of the talk, but I could not get through the lines of dyAB, even through the “hotline” of reporters), I wrote this news article. I wanted to practice my journalese once more for fear that I might forget what I’m supposed to do.
What follows is an article I’ve written for practice purposes only, and that I may also impart information regarding the forum, the contents of which I found so true and so useful.
The media have their flaws, too.
This was what the multimedia director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Ed Lingao, stressed in his visit to the University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cebu City this morning.
The visit was part of the Marshall McLuhan Forum Series on Responsible Media, sponsored by the Embassy of Canada.
Lingao, the winner of the 2010 Marshall McLuhan Prize, gave a talk on the state of the media in the country.
His talk, “The Messenger as Victim and Shooter”, talked about not only the flaws of the government but also of the media.
Lingao pointed out the “flaws” of the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre which claimed the lives of 58 people, 32 of whom were journalists mostly from the General Santos and Koronadal areas.
He also pointed out that some of those implicated in the carnage enjoyed impunity. He added that even former President Joseph Estrada and Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, also enjoy the same privilege.
However, he said that nothing justified the murders even if the media covering now governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu’s filing of candidacy committed some errors in protocol.
Lingao also emphasized that there was indeed “something wrong” with the way the Philippine media covered the Quirino hostage crisis, which claimed the lives of eight Chinese nationals and that of hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza.
He also pointed out the state of the media in the provinces, especially in Mindanao where he said journalists are overworked and underpaid.
Lingao revealed that there are journalists in the provinces who “do not really work as journalists, but those who became reporters because they have closed deals with those who buy newspaper space”.
He even said that there are even times some journalists have to woo their sources to buy newspaper space and then write about the same sources.
Three Cebu media people were also invited as reactors for the forum sponsored by the Canadian embassy.
dyHP-RMN station manager Ruphil Banoc, dyRF radio commentator Ike Durano II and dyAB station manager Leo Lastimosa spoke on the conditions of the media in Cebu in relation to the talk Lingao gave.
Mass Communication students from different schools attended the forum, also graced by Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Christopher Thornley and Honorary Consul of Canada to Cebu Robert Lee.