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Dishonest Rappler headline misleads readers into thinking Philippine Senate supports “senator” Antonio Trillanes

Grammatically correct but, in intent, baldly misleading. A Rappler report headlined “Senators praise judge’s ‘courage’ in junking Trillanes arrest” seemingly aims to lead its readers to believe that a majority of Philippine senators harbour favourable sentiments to the plight of their embattled colleague “senator” Antonio Trillanes.

The report, however only cites the statements of two Yellowtard senators…

Judge Soriano ‘chose to uphold the rule of law and refused to embrace tyranny, as every judge ought to do if they are to be true to their oath,’ says opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan…

And…


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“We laud Judge Soriano for siding with the truth, and for his courage amidst seemingly insurmountable pressure,” Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said in a statement.

A more honest headline would have been the more accurate, “Senators Pangilinan, Aquino praise judge’s ‘courage’ in junking Trillanes arrest”.

This is of course Rappler, not exactly known to be the exemplar of honest journalism it keeps pitching itself to Filipinos as. So dishonest reports such as this one authored by Rapplerette Rambo Talabong may be excused as it merely reflects the character of the “news” organisation that publishes it.

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