The fact that the owners of the Inquirer did not pay their taxes and rent properly is enough proof that some in media think they can hold politicians by the balls and get away with it. They have played king makers for decades particularly after the administration of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
Indeed, only gullible people buy this act by media personalities like Maria Ressa who claim that they are being “persecuted”. The fact is, they are still very powerful because they think they can spread lies without being held accountable. For decades, media had been the source of many problems in Philippine society
Who is going to buy TIME Magazine’s People of the Year Asia edition with Maria Ressa on the cover? Most likely the Yellows. The rest of the population already know the write up would be about Ressa’s false claim she is being harassed by the Duterte government.
Some people in media like Maria Ressa are simply trying to assert their power over politicians and others they don’t agree with. They want to change the narrative and manipulate the perception to suit their agenda. They don’t hesitate to use their influence on foreign media to get their way.
In life, things are not always what they seem.