Facebook netizen Jun Avelino has called out GMA News via an open letter for what he described “rubbish and maniacal reporting” on alleged US State Department statement telling the Philippines to free Maria Ressa asap.
Avelino zeroed in on the GMA News headline, “US urges Duterte government to let Ressa, Rappler operate freely”, which he described malicious.
Avelino also highlighted another mistake of GMA News by quoting a US State Department Spokesperson speaking ill of our law enforcement’s arrest of Maria Ressa for violation of our laws on Anti Dummy law.
Another mistake Avelino noted of the said GMA News article was article writer’s failure to name the spokesperson for the public to know if he has the authority to speak on behalf of the US government.
Avelino said that unless the US spokesman quoted is named by GMA News, it’s either fake or the spokesperson lacks the authority to issue such statement.
Avelino did not pass up the opportunity to lecture GMA News about foreign relations and the protocols when issuing statements in regard to its position on the particular incident of the other country.
Avelino also found contradictions in the GMA News article.
For instance, the GMA News article by citing US President Trump’s favorable sentiment on Duterte while quoting the US spokesperson and calling it the US government’s position.
Avelino called the GMA News article ‘pathetic’ and questioned GMA Nes motive for deliberately parading a malicious headline and article to generate sentiments against the Philippine government.
Avelino ended the FB post lamenting how journalists (save for a few dying breed) today have transformed themselves into “streets whores” and the mainstream broadsheet publications like GMA turned into brothels of journalist pimped by their political handlers.
You may start reading the full FB post now.
GMA’s Rubbish and Maniacal Reporting
Dear GMA Network,
Your headline today maliciously states that “US urges Duterte government to let Ressa, Rappler operate freely”. You quoted a US State Department Spokesperson speaking ill of our law enforcement’s arrest of Maria Ressa for violation of our laws on Anti Dummy law. Yet you never named that spokesperson for the public to know if he has the authority to speak on behalf of the US government. Ergo, it’s a ghost… an airman… a fart… or a product of your idiotic imagination. If you can’t name the person whom you quoted for lack of authority, then say so for fuck sake! Don’t treat the Filipino public as idiot as you are because we are not.
Just to remind you that in the country’s foreign relations, only the President of a country or its duly authorized representative – in the case of the US Government, it’s the US Secretary of the State Department Mike Pompeo – can speak on behalf of the US government as regards its position on the particular incident of the other country – as a matter of foreign diplomacy and the US foreign policy on that particular country. e.g. Philippines. But what makes your article looks preposterously stupid to international relations students and for the public for that matter, is the fact that you mentioned President Trump’s admiration for Duterte on his policies on drugs and media and yet you cited a US State Department’s anonymous spokesperson’s position on the arrest of a journalist who attacks Duterte as if, it is the US government’s position. Ergo, you put premium on the spokesperson’s statement over that of the US State Department Mike Pompeo and the US Government President Trump– the only authorized mouthpieces of the US government on the matter. Isn’t this bloody forlorn for you to publish such rubbish piece of s**t?
If the statement you quoted is coming from a spokesperson, how can you call it as a US government’s position knowing you contradicted yourself already by citing US President Trump’s favorable sentiment on Duterte? If it’s coming from the spokesperson alone, then quote him with his name and refrain from saying that it is the position of the US government being contradictory to what you cited about Trump’s support for Duterte. If you can’t name him, then he is not in the position to represent neither the US State Department nor the White House. His statement therefore is not that of the US government for fuck sake! So, you deliberately parade a malicious headline and article to generate sentiments against the Philippine government. What the fuck is this – destabilization? Pathetic!
With this GMA’s hullabaloo and the chaos the mainstream media outfits have been causing this country to suffer, we, Filipinos are reminded of how journalists in this country these days have transformed themselves into streets whores (save for those decent ones) and the mainstream broadsheet publications like GMA turned into brothels of journalist “burikats” being pimped by their political handlers….yet they have the galls to cry attacks on press freedom when they willingly and sadistically allowed themselves to be mercilessly whacked from behind in a political orgysm driven by their maniacal monetary lustful desires- where only the oligarchs and the moneyed pimps can afford to go for the scandalous shows!
Yes folks, journalism in the Philippines is a shame – a “sexually” scandalous shame to be blunt about it… Sanamagan! – Jun Avelino
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