La Salle prof turns table around fact-checker, says PhilStar article on Imee Marcos’ Princeton degree ‘magulo’, hits bad grammar of news writer

Guess what? It appears the tables have turned after the fact-checkers like PhilStar and company are now given a dose of their own medicine so to speak.

La Salle professor Antonio Contreras took the liberty of running the PhilStar article with the title, ‘Despite evidence, Imee Marcos insists she graduated from Princeton’ under the microscope and to his surprise, he found the said article “magulo” and “full of grammatical errors”.

Before we proceed, kindly read the excerpt below lifted from the PhilStar article because this is the part that Contreras found confusing.

According to the Princeton archivist, Marcos attended the university from the fall of 1973 to spring 1976 and the fall of 1977 to spring of 1979. Records from the university showed that Marcos took Independent Concentration in Religion and Politics. This, however, does not correspondent to an undergraduate degree as an independent concentration is among the special features of the undergraduate program that lead to a degree.”

Moving forward, Contreras reckoned that if Imee Marcos attended almost 5 years in Princeton, wouldn’t that enough to graduate?

Contreras couldn’t help but ask what does the last sentence imply? He described the last sentence, magulo (messy) and comparing it to a curly hair.

Contreras noted that Princeton’s own record confirmed that SHE DID TAKE an independent concentration in religion and politics.

In addition, Contreras begged for explanation whether it was a case of bad grammar or the author of the PhilStar article was trying to obfuscate or confuse the readers as to the real meaning of the last sentence in the above-mentioned phrase.

If I may add, the writer must be following Loida Lewis’, “it doesn’t have to be true, it just needs to look like it” line of reasoning? Don’t you agree?

Following the logic of the author of the PhilStar article, Contreras concluded Marcos indeed earned a degree in Princeton as affirmed by the school’s record.

Towards the end of the post, Contreras wished that someone fact-checks Princeton University or the alleged letter from the archivist.

At this juncture, Contreras raised an important question how come the media acquired these alleged information when US privacy laws prohibit release of student records without student’s consent?

And lastly, Contreras said a grammar check of the author of the news item should be in order because it so messy (magulo).

Check out the full post below.

“According to the Princeton archivist, Marcos attended the university from the fall of 1973 to spring 1976 and the fall of 1977 to spring of 1979. Records from the university showed that Marcos took Independent Concentration in Religion and Politics. This, however, does not correspondent to an undergraduate degree as an independent concentration is among the special features of the undergraduate program that lead to a degree.”

So what does this mean?

She attended for almost 5 years? Wouldn’t that enough to graduate?

And what does the last sentence imply. Ang gulo. Parang kulot na buhok.

It is confirmed by Princeton’s own record that SHE DID TAKE an independent concentration in religion and politics.

And then bad grammar intervened? Or obfuscation? What does “This, however, does not correspondent (or correspond?) to an undergraduate degree” even if “an independent concentration is among the special features of the undergraduate program that lead to a degree” mean?

Anong kaguluhan ito?

5 years of attendance. A record affirming that she indeed take an independent concentration. And now it seems that an independent concentration is a special feature if we follow the logic of what the last sentence of this news item suggests.

Dapat finafact check din ang Princeton University, o ang alleged letter from the supposed archivist.

And in fact one needs to ask. US privacy laws prohibit release of student records without student’s consent. How come media have acquired these alleged information in violation of the law?

O dapat ginagrammar check din ang sumulat ng news item na ito. Ang gulo.

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