Very Superstitious (the supernatural) 5th Bonus or 4th regular media monitor

      Very entertaining –-  as movie theme, TV serial, or short story adaptation; but as news and public affairs segment, very perplexing.  

(photo from NBC, Grimm Season 4, used here non-commercially for academic purposes)

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     A bonus media monitor (5th) is open starting today up to Feb. 20 at 5pm (deadline) on news and public affairs programs that feature “superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices, such as supernaturalpowers, foretelling of the future, astrology,phrenology, palm-reading, numerology, mind-reading, hypnotism, faith healing or similar subjects xxx” (these segments are actually for promotion of products and services on occasion of the Chinese New Year).

      Very amusing to those who are aware of their leisure value but  too abysmal for the credulous and gullible.

      Please use the following, as applicable, in your discussion:       

KBP Broadcast Code of Ethics 2007. “Art. 13. Superstition and the Occult. Sec. 1. Programs featuring superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices, such as supernatural powers, foretelling of the future, astrology,phrenology, palm-reading, numerology, mind-reading, hypnotism, faith healing or similar subjects shall be careful not to induce belief in them. Care shall be taken to prevent the exploitation of people who may be easily swayed by such superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices.”

     By analogy, the online news media may be included for the media monitor. 

       Or a regular media monitor may be submitted (4th) with deadline tomorrow, Tuesday, at 7pm.

        Students have already been informed, not in a supernatural way but repeatedly, of the different ways of submitting the posts.

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25 thoughts on “Very Superstitious (the supernatural) 5th Bonus or 4th regular media monitor

  1. [4th Media Monitor]
    Comm 110 w 4-7
    2013-11425

    Link of the article; http://www.mb.com.ph/ukraine-rebels-accuse-each-other-of-violating-ceasefire/

    The article violated the provision of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Code of Ethics which states: “Avoid stereotyping. Journalists should examine the ways their values and experiences may shape their reporting.” In the headline, it is obvious that the author wants us to think that the Russians are the villains in its conflict between Ukraine by labeling them with the term “rebels”. The stereotype is intensified when the author mentioned the Russians and naming them as the ones backing up the “rebels”.
    In the article, we can see how biased the news is framed. This is unethical because as a journalist you should not put stereotypes against a nationality or any kind of group because their public image might be affected. Doing this is showing your own views and convictions in the issue, and is imposing to the audience that what you believe should also be their beliefs.

  2. An article entitled “US court docs show ‘intimate’ link between Marwan MILF, says Alan Cayetano” by Ernie Reyes of Interaksyon.com caught my attention today as I was reading news reports. At first, there seems to be nothing wrong with the content, but if one looks closely and reread, certain violations against the Philippine Press Institute Code of Ethics were committed. The first evident violation is the failure to air the other side of the story and along with it is the lack of context. Throughout the report, there was no mention of the MILF’s say on the issue, or even an attempt to get their side. I remember from one of the senate hearings regarding the Mamasapano clash that the MILF representative denied that the group had knowledge about Marwan’s residence near their headquarters but this was not even mentioned in the article. Also, the details all tackle the MILF’s cooperation with Marwan but never gave a background on why they must have probably engaged in the partnership. Next, the only source Reyes had for the article were the statements of Senator Alan Cayetano. Even though he referred to the US documents, these do not suffice to prove Cayetano’s interpretations. Reyes must have gathered more opinions that will support Cayetano’s claims in order to abide to the rule of at least two independent news sources. Lack of it made it seem like the article is all about an accusation, which I think, is not newsworthy.

    Article link: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/105191/us-court-docs-show-intimate-link-between-marwan-milf-says-alan-cayetano

  3. Comm110 W 4-7
    2012 09207

    Link: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/261631/unangbalita/doble-swerteng-dragon-fruit-tikoy

    This is a coverage of a new flavor of tikoy for the chinese new year but it has become an ad because the way that the reporter keeps saying the place of origin of the dragon fruit tikoy. The way that the reporter ate the tikoy is comparable to someone in fast food commercials, he made that “oh my this is amazing face”. He even mentioned the price of the tikoy. He also, mentioned the health benefits of the tikoy. When it came to the point to talk about the so called luck of the fruit, he talked about what the dragon symbolizes for the chinese and the color red. It is not lucky because it is from dragonfruits but because it is red and because of the “dragon” in its name. The title is misleading.

  4. Comm 110
    [4th weekly media monitor]

           Ang balita na nakuha ko ay mula sa Bandila. Tungkol sa bakbakan ng MILF at BIFF ang naging headline subalit kaunting impormasyon lang naman tungkol dito ang nailahad sa balita at karamihan ay tungkol sa pagtugis ng PNP at AFP sa mga terorista. Masasabi kong misleading ang headline ng balita at may improper emphasis din dito. Bukod dito, hindi naging malinaw ang bilang ng mga nasawi sa magkabilang grupo. Ayon pa nga sa SPJ code of ethics, responsibilidad ng isang mamamahayag ang accuracy ng kanilang gawa at nararapat na mapatotohanan muna ang mga impormasyon bago ang mga ito ilabas. Mas mabuti rin sana kung nakuha nila ang pahayag ng dalawang grupo tungkol sa kung paano nagsimula ang bakbakan. 
    

      Sa kabilang dako naman, nagawa nilang isama sa balita ang mga residenteng lumikas dahil sa naganap na bakbakan. Ito ang mga taong kadalasan ay walang boses sa tuwing may nagaganap na sagupaan, subalit hindi man lang nakuha ang pahayag ng ilan sa mga residenteng ito tungkol sa kanilang kasalukuyang kalagayan.

    Link: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/regions/02/16/15/milf-biff-clash-anew-maguindanao

  5. [Edited]
    Comm 110 [4th weekly media monitor]

    Ang balita na nakuha ko ay mula sa Bandila. Tungkol sa bakbakan ng MILF at BIFF ang naging headline subalit kaunting impormasyon lang naman tungkol dito ang nailahad sa balita at karamihan ay tungkol sa pagtugis ng PNP at AFP sa mga terorista. Masasabi kong misleading ang headline ng balita at may improper emphasis din dito. Bukod dito, hindi naging malinaw ang bilang ng mga nasawi sa magkabilang grupo. Ayon pa nga sa SPJ code of ethics, responsibilidad ng isang mamamahayag ang accuracy ng kanilang gawa at nararapat na mapatotohanan muna ang mga impormasyon bago ang mga ito ilabas. Mas mabuti rin sana kung nakuha nila ang pahayag ng dalawang grupo tungkol sa kung paano nagsimula ang bakbakan. 
    

      Sa kabilang dako naman, nagawa nilang isama sa balita ang mga residenteng lumikas dahil sa naganap na bakbakan. Ito ang mga taong kadalasan ay walang boses sa tuwing may nagaganap na sagupaan, subalit hindi man lang nakuha ang pahayag ng ilan sa mga residenteng ito tungkol sa kanilang kasalukuyang kalagayan.
      
    LINK: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/regions/02/16/15/milf-biff-clash-anew-maguindanao

  6. [edited]
    Comm 110 [4th weekly media monitor]
    Ang balita na nakuha ko ay mula sa Bandila. Tungkol sa bakbakan ng MILF at BIFF ang naging headline subalit kaunting impormasyon lang naman tungkol dito ang nailahad sa balita at karamihan ay tungkol sa pagtugis ng PNP at AFP sa mga terorista. Masasabi kong misleading ang headline ng balita at may improper emphasis din dito. Bukod dito, hindi naging malinaw ang bilang ng mga nasawi sa magkabilang grupo. Ayon pa nga sa SPJ code of ethics, responsibilidad ng isang mamamahayag ang accuracy ng kanilang gawa at nararapat na mapatotohanan muna ang mga impormasyon bago ang mga ito ilabas. Mas mabuti rin sana kung nakuha nila ang pahayag ng dalawang grupo tungkol sa kung paano nagsimula ang bakbakan.  
    Sa kabilang dako naman, nagawa nilang isama sa balita ang mga residenteng lumikas dahil sa naganap na bakbakan. Ito ang mga taong kadalasan ay walang boses sa tuwing may nagaganap na sagupaan, subalit hindi man lang nakuha ang pahayag ng ilan sa mga residenteng ito tungkol sa kanilang kasalukuyang kalagayan.
      
    LINK: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/regions/02/16/15/milf-biff-clash-anew-maguindanao

  7. COMM 110 W 4-7
    2013 51050

    Seen here is a news report in the lifestyle section of ABS-CBN News. A hotel was featured for their new menu which is very timely for the upcoming Chinese New Year. The headline says “12 ‘lucky’ Chinese New Year dishes for each animal sign”. The hotel offering the dishes were even posted and contact details, such as their hotlines and even email address, were provided in case the advertorial news captured the audience. Each dish was featured on different photographs which you can view on different time with different captions, even describing the characteristics of people born from the different years and zodiac signs.

    Link: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/02/16/15/12-lucky-chinese-new-year-dishes-each-animal-sign

  8. Comm 110

    In the lifestyle section of the abs-cbnnews.com, it featured the article entitled “12 ‘lucky’ Chinese New Year dishes for each animal sign. In the article, people with the respective Chinese zodiac signs were predicted, foretelling what will happen to them this year. There was no disclaimer at the end, and because of this, most of the people might believe what the article say. This violates the KBP Broadcast Code of Ethics 2007 regarding the coverage of superstition and occult.

    Together with the prediction, the article also mentioned the “lucky” dishes for each sign. This (subtly) advertises the Chinese restaurant that serves all the dishes mentioned.

    Link: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/02/16/15/12-lucky-chinese-new-year-dishes-each-animal-sign

  9. Regular media monitor
    2010-03039
    Wednesday 4-7

    The article simply recounted and translate Senator Bam Aquino’s statement about President Aquino, who is his cousin. The article mostly contained direct quotes from Senator Bam Aquino as he defended his cousin against his critics and people who want to remove him from his position following the Mamasapano clash.

    The article was entirely one-sided because it only gave a voice to Senator Bam Aquino, whose mere familial association with the President is a conflict of interest. This violates PPI Code of Ethics’ provision, “I shall scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts nor to distort the truth by omissioj or improper emphasis. I recognize the duty to air the other side…” It also violates the PPI Expanded Code of Ethics, which states, “All efforts must be exerted to make stories fair, accurate, and balanced…single-source stories must be avoided as a rule.” This report highlighted a pro-Aquino stance since Aquino’s critics were not interviewed.

    Link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/673479/bam-aquino-says-there-is-no-reason-to-oust-president

  10. Regular Media Monitor

         On February 17, 2015, Raffy Tima reported that Basid Usman was wounded and was probably still in Mamasapano on State of the Nation. It was mentioned in the report that the information was from provincial governor Esmael Mangudadatu who in turn got his information from A1 sources which, according to Tima, meant that their reliability was undeniable. 
    However, towards the end of Tima's report, Jessica Soho kept asking who Mangundadatu's sources were even though Tima stressed that these particular sources didn't want to identify themselves because of fear for their lives. He added that these sources were most probably civilians or farmers who had seen Usman lurking around Maguindanao. In my opinion, it was unnecessary for Jessica Soho to probe. In doing so she might be in danger of violating the SPJ code of ethics which states that journalists should "realize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than public figures and others who seek power, influence, or attention. Weigh the consequences of publishing or broadcasting personal information."  
    

    Link: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/260897/stateofthenation/usman-sugatan-at-palipat-lipat-sa-maguindanao-ayon-kay-gov-mangudadatu

  11. Regular Media Monitor
    On February 17, 2015, Raffy Tima reported that Basid Usman was wounded and was probably still in Mamasapano on State of the Nation. It was mentioned in the report that the information was from provincial governor Esmael Mangudadatu who in turn got his information from A1 sources which, according to Tima, meant that their reliability was undeniable.
    However, towards the end of Tima’s report, Jessica Soho kept asking who Mangundadatu’s sources were even though Tima stressed that these particular sources didn’t want to identify themselves because of fear for their lives. He added that these sources were most probably civilians or farmers who had seen Usman lurking around Maguindanao. In my opinion, it was unnecessary for Jessica Soho to probe. In doing so she might be in danger of violating the SPJ code of ethics which states that journalists should “realize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than public figures and others who seek power, influence, or attention. Weigh the consequences of publishing or broadcasting personal information.”

    Link: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/260897/stateofthenation/usman-sugatan-at-palipat-lipat-sa-maguindanao-ayon-kay-gov-mangudadatu

  12. Front page link: http://www.inquirer.net/?page-one=february-17-2015

    Today in the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s front page, there is a report of a newly released Islamic state video wherein twenty one Egyptian Christians were beheaded. The banner is a picture of the captives being lined up before the beheading. Also in the report were some details of how the beheading proceeded, such as the Islamic State’s declaration of taking over Rome and the threat of fighting everyone else against them.

    The article centered on war conflict and was able to treat event properly such that unnecessary gruesome details were left out. The banner picture was also appropriate in depicting the news. Even if it did not show any graphic details of the beheading, the lined up Christians with Islamic State men showed the gravity of the situation. The news article was able to fulfill the provision of minimizing harm with regard to the subjects of a report. The article was also able to highlight the dangerous and threatening image of the Islamic State, who has reinforced their reputation through bloody and violent killings. There was a clear distinction that the armed men held something against the Christian religion. However, this may lead to a generalization of Muslims from Iraq and Syria as sworn enemies to Christians. It is important for the news to put emphasis on the ISIS as a militant group separate from Iraqis, Syrians, and Muslims who are not associated with them.

    What was good about the article was that it was able to provide context on who condemned the militant group and background information of the other crimes they did. The video may have been the main part of the story but the news achieved covering how they did not get along with principles of Christian religion, such as in the case of a woman named Shehata who left Coptic Christianity and converted to Islam because of an unhappy marriage.

  13. Comm 110

    Unang Hirit’s feature of a “Feng Shui” expert promoting good luck charms for the coming year (little golden statues of goats, bracelets, arowana, money frog, sheep image, etc etc etc) is very misleading indeed.

    The headline used “Lucky Charms Para Sa Negosyo at Trabaho” plus a full feature of all the “lucky” items that would be good for a business or one’s career would make anyone desperate or gullible enough to fall prey to their concealed advertising. Besides, the term “feng shui expert” is intended to make people believe that the person is credible, because 1) nobody even knows what a feng shui expert has to do or accomplish to be an expert 2) the field of feng shui is considered superstitious/ only limited to those who actually believe in the practice and 3) the term “expert” should be sparingly used (in my opinion).

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/234180/unanghirit/2015-lucky-charms-for-business-and-work

  14. Comm 110
    4-7pm

    [Chinese New Year -Media Monitor]

    ph.yahoo where-spend-chinese-manila

    The article, at first, seems to promote the culture of Filipino-Chinese communities in the Philippines by mentioning a brief history of the festival and Binondo. But as the reader progresses, he/she is exposed to tour packages (complete with prices), hotels and an event of Resorts World Manila. This kind of article is yet again a violation of the following SPJ provision: “distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the line between the two.”

    [Supernatural Theme – Media Monitor]

    ph.she.yahoo filinvests-signature-feng-shui-design

    Filinvest clearly utilized the opportunity to promote it’s new condominium by incorporating Feng Shui in the amenities of the building. The article succeeds in the subtle inclusion of Feng Shui concepts by an “expert” in promoting The Signature, but this article just made use of the Chinese New Year hype in order to attract future clients. Filinvest even invited a “feng shui master” as a guest speaker in the firm’s media presentation. This is a manifestation of the use of these supernatural beliefs in businesses (in a news platform), not just in condominiums, but also those with lucky charms, bracelets and other items that would “drive bad spirits out” and “bring luck into the households.”

  15. (BONUS MEDIA MONITOR)
    A news article from Inquirer.net which was posted today says that fortune tellers in Hong Kong, the year of the sheep will be better than last year. The article, which was entitled Year of the Sheep won’t be baaa-d, fortune tellers say went on to quote feng shui experts Cheng Chi-tai, and Thierry Chow. They predicted that there will be a “slight improvement in the economy” and “this year could see a resurgence of existing diseases and the genesis of new ones.

    This particular article violates article 13 section 1 from the KBP Code of Ethics which states that “programs featuring superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices, such as supernatural powers, foretelling of the future, astrology,phrenology, palm-reading, numerology, mind-reading, hypnotism, faith healing or similar subjects shall be careful not to induce belief in them. Care shall be taken to prevent the exploitation of people who may be easily swayed by such superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices.” 
    

    link: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/184846/year-of-the-sheep-wont-be-baaa-d-fortune-tellers-say

  16. Earlier, GMA broadcasted news relating to the Chinese New Year celebration and the traditions that come along with it. The uploaded version in the website is entitled “Ilang celebrities, sumusunod sa mga tradisyon tuwing Chinese New Year.” I found this report problematic because of two things. First, it did not provide any disclaimer that the statements of the interviewees were their own beliefs rather than factual information and secondly, the report seemed even more convincing because Chinese and even non-Chinese celebrities were the source.

    The KBP Code of Ethics was clearly violated, specifically Article 13 Section 1, because no precaution was made to at least inform the viewers of the nature of the report. We know very well how influential celebrities are especially when it comes to fans. Hence, reporting such news needs to be clarified so as not to confuse the viewers of what is real and what is not. Also, the Philippine media, especially networks like ABS-CBN, GMA, and TV 5, needs to stop using events like the Chinese New Year to appeal to the audiences’ interests and promoting their actors and actresses through interviews that are broadcasted as news.

    Link of report: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/264624/balitanghali/ilang-celebrities-sumusunod-sa-mga-tradisyon-tuwing-chinese-new-year

  17. Comm 110 4-7
    2013-11425
    [(5th)Bonus on Chinese New Year Superstitions]

    Link to the News Segment: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/lifestyle/02/15/15/lucky-tips-year-sheep

    This news segment violates the KBP Broadcast Code of Ethics 2007 Article 13 Superstition and the Occult Section 1 which states that: “Programs featuring superstitions and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices such as supernatural powers, foretelling of the future, astrology, phrenology, palm-reading, numerology, mind-reading, hypnotism, faith healing or similar subjects shall be careful not to induce belief in them. Care shall be taken to prevent the exploitation of people who may be easily swayed by such superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices”.

    This news segment from ABS-CBN shows the prescribed things to be done for the upcoming Chinese New Year according to the feng shui “experts”. In the video, it can be seen that there are lot of superstitious beliefs that are being prescribed by self-proclaimed “experts” for us to do. This news segment can influence the way people view these practices and, in turn. they will assume that these can really give luck to them.This is not certainly true and sure because they are merely based on what the Chinese people believe. It also features some lucky charms that seems to be a form of advertisement for the people to be lured at buying them.

  18. Comm 110
    [Bonus Media Monitor on Superstitious]

    Link: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/image/lifestyle/02/18/15/lucky-unlucky-signs-year-sheep

    In the Abs-cbn news website, the forecast of the so-called Feng shui experts on the lucky and unlucky signs in the year of the Sheep was featured. I have also read suggested things that we should do and avoid this year. As I read their forecast on my animal sign, I felt convinced, however, I later on realized that I am the only one who can dictate and control my future.

    That article in the Abs-cbn news website can really induce belief on the readers as it was convincing. I know that some people who are able to read those forecasts might believe it and somehow live their lives in accordance with it. I believe that it violated the KBP Broadcast Code of Ethics Article 13 Superstition and the Occult Section 1 which is about programs that features beliefs and practices that may induce belief on people.

  19. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/lifestyle/02/19/15/loop-lucky-signs-lucky-points

    It is explicitly stated in Article 13, Section 1 of the KBP Broadcast Code of Ethics 2007 that, “Programs featuring superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices, such as supernatural powers, foretelling of the future, astrology, phrenology, palm-reading, numerology, mind-reading, hypnotism, faith healing or similar subjects shall be careful not to induce belief in them. Care shall be taken to prevent the exploitation of people who may be easily swayed by such superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices.”

    The reporter stated that “Siguradong swerte naman daw ang ipinangak sa Year of the Tiger.” This strong statement may cause a reassuring sentiment to those people born on the said category that the entire year would give them wealth or fortune, as the term “swerte” would imply. It would possibly induce a certain belief that any wealth or fortune that may happen could be due to the luck that the Year of the Tiger has caused them. The reporter was not being careful with her statement as she even used the term “sigurado”.

    In addition, the reported continued that, “If you’re born in the Year of the Ox, medyo mas kelangan ng effort para umunlad. Ganun din sa mga ipinanganak sa Year of the Pig.” Again, this approach would possibly create an impression that people born on the mentioned category should double-up their determination to survive the year. Common sense dictates how positive effort may cause success, yet the reporter delivered her statement in such a different way. Moreover, this statement could imply that less intensity of effort would suffice for those people born on a different Chinese Year category.

    (website accessed 20 Feb 2015, 9AM PST)

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