Jan. 21, 2014 media monitor (fair, foolish, in a fix) can be posted here

The regular media monitor work (fair, foolish, in a fix) for Jan. 21, 20141UniversalstudiosbyMyra

can be posted here.

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(photo shot by Myra Lambino from her i-phone Jan. 1, 2014)

11 thoughts on “Jan. 21, 2014 media monitor (fair, foolish, in a fix) can be posted here

  1. http://www.philstar.com/nation/2014/01/19/1280351/fda-warns-vs-unregistered-food-supplement

    The above link belongs to an article about an unregistered, and therefore illegal, food supplement that appears to be making the rounds in the market today, particularly in Cagayan De Oro city. Upon doing further research, I was able to find out that the supplement, “Sehat Badan,” is said to “promote and enhance general well-being and treat various diseases’ such as asthma, urinary stones, allergy, impotence, rheumatism, toothache and ulcer.” Such claims are not approved by the FDA.

    Article 1, Section 4 of the KPB Code of Ethics on News Sources states that all sources must be clearly identified; however, in the case of this article, the primary source of key information was labeled as merely “a consumer.” However, because it was verified by a credible source — in this case, acting Director General Kenneth Hartigan-Go — sound credibility is demonstrated by the whole article.

    Alliah Czarielle R. Guerra


  2. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/96717/fil-am-ex-chef-stabs-wife-to-death-in-vegas

    This article contains an elaborative story about the stabbing of a Filipina by his husband who is a chef in Vegas. According to the code of ethics, violence and gory details shall be minimized whether in print or in broadcast. I think it was unnecessary to describe the whole stabbing incident from the knives used to the actual stabbing plan that happened or at least it should be limited to details which the public or the readers concerned will not have trouble knowing.

    To quote from the article:
    “His wife, while trying to grab the knife, yelled, “No, no, no, oh Lord, no.”
    Because the knife was entangled in Daisy’s hair, Dahan told police he took a small meat cleaver and struck his wife several time on the top of her head. Then, grabbing a fillet knife, he stabbed Daisy in the abdomen and cut her from the corner of her mouth because she continued to make noises.”

    The article can be too visual for the readers and alarming. Too much gore and violence is unethical because articles as such may even be used in planning an actual crime to take place again and it is unnecessary for readers to know how a crime is actually committed.


  3. KBP Code of Ethics

    concerning this news article, http://www.rappler.com/nation/48448-bong-revilla-privilege-speech-pork-scam

    In Section 3, Article 3.a of KBP Code of Ethics, it is stated that news must be fair, factual, and objective. Though the writer had been accurate and objective in reporting the facts, he/she might have given too much emphasis on the content of Revilla’s speech without getting statement from the other key persons involved. This may influence the reader to consider Revilla’s side with partiality, conscious or subconscious as it may be. For instance, quoting Revilla to open the article unnecessarily hypes Revilla’s statements, as if he was the only one being truthful in the heated battle concerning the Pork Barrel scam, when in fact any of them could have only been protecting their own interests. In Section 9, Article 9.a, it is stated that news must not be sensationalised instead it should always be presented in good taste. A better approach would be to write the news in terms of the public’s interest, or what all of these court commotions mean for common citizens.


  4. Revilla belies ‘pork’ allegations, accuses Palace of ‘politicking’

    The piece comes across as ethical because it is an accurate report on a politician’s privilege speech, and helps cut through a lengthy speech by raising the salient points in the speaker’s message. All of that was said in the piece was accurate, and even goes as far as to quote the senator on some of his claims. The article presents a clear outline of the speech, so as to not create unnecessary focus on any one claim made by the senator, as well as bringing several observations made on the politician’s strategy in his belying such as pointing the finger at the administration and making pleas based on the well-being of his family. The story is newsworthy in the sense that it gives the Philippine people an update as to the progress of the investigation of the multibillion-peso development fund scam uncovered last year which, while miring several politicians in scandal and making headlines across the world, remains unresolved.


  5. http://www.rappler.com/nation/47982-davao-ex-mayor-duterte-caught-for-overspeeding

    The following article comes across as an ethical fix due to the following reasons: First, the title is very misleading: ”Only in Davao: Ex-Mayor caught for over speeding”. When first read, it can be be reflected upon as a sarcastic title, that you can only find in Davao a somewhat irresponsible ex-mayor who over speeds. On the other hand, it can be understood as, only in Davao, even ex-mayors, don’t get any entitlement, if they go against the law, they get punished. The title was a bit inappropriate and it can be rephrased better, like the titles of the following articles containing the same report:
    ”Duterte’s daughter apprehended for over-speeding”
    ”Former Davao mayor Sara Duterte caught speeding”
    Second, though the title was not that good, the article delivered the news without commentaries but it was somehow lacking. It only mentioned, through a photo caption, that Sara Duterte said sorry for over speeding and in the article, that she admitted that she thought that the speeding limit was 60kph, instead of 40. However, compared to the two other latter articles, it didn’t mention that the former mayor had paid the fines the very same day and had already gotten her license back. The bulk of the Rappler article was more on (about 80%) traffic laws in Davao. Given the following thoughts, though the article was not completely unethical, there is still somewhat a bit lacking for it be a good news article. I deem this article in an ethical fix.


  6. To: Prof. Marichu Lambino
    Re: Media Monitor for January 21, 2014


    The link above shows a report from Chino Gaston, a reporter from GMA-7 , in the evening new program “SAKSI” . His coverage is aired last night (January 20, 2014). It is about counterfeit U.S. dollars amounting to 11 Million Pesos allegedly bought by a Liberian citizen.

    As I can see it, the report can be said to be fair, factual and objective. Fair , because the reporter was successful on airing both sides- the side of the government represented by Bureau of Customs Examiners , Lilibeth Macarambon explaining what case could be filed to the Liberian national and discussing how the Customs will set up a fact-finding team, and the side of the accused , the Liberian National, Arthur Shakee Anderson. He was given a chance to defend himself saying that he didn’t know those are counterfeit money and that he thought those are papers as he is fixing his papers for he plans to study in the Philippines. Notice that Anderson is not a Filipino, thus he was given an equal opportunity, thus there was no bias specially in the aspect of race. Second Factual, the source to where the reporter got his details are very much credible because the two sides are the exact involved in the story. Also, the reporter showed in his video the counterfeit money packed in a box. Lastly the report is also objective because it tells the audience that “we (media) are not accusing anyone for the counterfeit money hence we will stay tuned and give you an update about this case”. It was mentioned in the latter part that the counterfeit money might have something to do with the African syndicates.

    From : Charmiane Ycasas ( 2013-78248)


  7. Patricia Ann Concepcion
    Article: ‘Aquino meddled in Corona trial’
    Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/566871/aquino-meddled-in-corona-trial

    Sufficient to say that the article’s title is attention grabbing. I mean, after this issue has been used and covered in extreme detail the past months, I suppose it’s the writer’s way of attracting awareness on a topic that’s been mentioned one-too-many times in the news.

    But what’s the gist of the article? It actually focuses on how Revilla sidetracked allegations against him on the PDAF scam by bringing up the President’s prerogative of allegedly persuading senators to bring down the guillotine on Corona’s head.

    This article shows me how difficult it is to cover political news. Writers ought to provide an unbiased report by not misrepresenting any source of information. We expect them to verify facts, present news without distortion or color and to pen the truth even when it isn’t aligned with the public’s opinion. Had I not found the article in the headline section of Inquirer, I would’ve assumed that it had a hint of editorial shading in it. Subtitles in the article such as “apprehensions” and “feel the pain” are extremely vague. The article solely covered the Revilla perspective though ironically, the name Aquino is found in the title of the article, not the former. Choosing a title for a news article may be the most basic of journalist skills but the writer should’ve kept in mind that it will always set the tone and perspective of his article.


  8. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/classified-odd/01/14/14/students-teacher-possessed-evil-spirits-cavite

    The above links to an article featuring “possession by evil spirits” in a school in Cavite. Usually in news like these, the ones reported to be possessed are the students, but in the linked article, even a teacher was mentioned to be a victim, adding attention to the news.
    There was even a mention of a paranormal expert present in the report.

    KBP Code:
    In the KBP Code of Ethics 2007, it states in
    Article 13 Sec 1. that “… Programs featuring superstitious and pseudoscientific beliefs and practices, such as supernatural powers, foretelling of the future, astrology, phrenology, palm-reading, numerology, indreading, hypnotism, faith healing or similar subjects shall be careful not to induce belief in them…”

    That is why the term “allegedly”, meaning only “to convey that something is claimed to be the case, although there is no proof”, was used several times when describing the incident of possession.
    This is to ensure that no absolute validity is given to the report. Although there was no stress on how true or untrue the event may be.


  9. This article in the Lifestyle section of Philippine Daily Inquirer grabbed my attention due to the eye-catching title which appears directly addressed to President Noynoy. Sensationalism pervades throughout the article which might be reasoned for by its inclusion in the said section. However, it is still framed as a news story revolving around a certain feng shui expert’s predictions for the president in the year 2014.

    There is no word of caution regarding the reliability of feng shui predictions. This is important as it is possible that readers may form false beliefs induced by the “serious” manner in which the article was written. The author could have bothered to include one sentence serving as a disclaimer of sorts, warning against relying on unscientific predictions, about fate resting ultimately in our own hands.

    Alliah Czarielle R. Guerra


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