Human rights honcho Caloy Conde tries to make a point but ends up missing the mark in a tweet he addresses to embattled journalist Jiggy Manicad.
All those 100 journalism awards you received don’t mean shit, @jiggymanicad, the moment you misused them to support this madman. You should be ashamed of yourself. Philippine journalism is fine without you. #DrawTheLine
I’m not really sure who crowned Conde Pope of all Philippine Media although, perhaps, Kris Aquino who is Queen of all that may have something to do with it.
To be sure, and perhaps evident specially now, is that Manicad is certainly better off alone than in bad company. Philippine media, after all, is in the midst of a catastrophic crisis of relevance and it does not look like it possesses the wherewithal to extricate itself from the deep hole it finds itself in today.
Indeed, Filipino reporters are known to even barge into emergency rooms and shove cameras, floodlights, and microphones into patients’ and medical personnel’s faces in their routinely desperate quests for stories.
Hypocrisy seems to be the standout word underlying the conduct of Philippine Corporate Media in many instances — they apply an approach to “journalism” that is a far cry from the sober and dignified regard for the practice in bygone days.
Conde insists that “Philippine journalism is fine”. Perhaps he needs to step back and take stock of the facts.