Maria Ressa has NOT responded to allegations that she LIED about her war reporting experience

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It’s been several weeks since Manila Times columnist Bobi Tiglao wrote about the lies Rappler CEO Maria Ressa told about her so-called experience as a “war correspondent”. In his 13th November 2019 piece “Ressa was never a war correspondent; she just watched CNN’s video tapes”, Tiglao points out…

For somebody who pontificates in detail how to act in a war zone, Ressa was never a war correspondent

To bolster her credibility, the “60 Minutes” interviewer, Bill Whitaker, even exaggerated Ressa’s background as a “war correspondent.” In Whitaker’s very first statement in his introduction to his interview, he says, “For more than 30 years, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has risked her life in war zones.”

Tiglao cites Ressa’s dishonest statement to Whitaker where she slanders the reputation of the Philippines by exaggerating the situation there

“The situation in Manila is far worse than any war zone that I’ve been in. In a war zone you know exactly where the threats are coming from. I plan my way in and we plan our way out and you’re there for a limited period of time. We’ve been living through three years of this kind of hell.”

The extent to which Ressa has so far clarified her statements falls far short of what is expected of a person of the profile she had been working hard to gain hobnobbing with a who’s who of chi chi international “journalists”.

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One wonders how “journalists” of Maria Ressa’s sorts could hope to compete in today’s landscape if they fail at even basic courtesies and respond properly to their critics. It seems they’d prefer to ignore critics and hope challenges to the positions they take will simply go away. They won’t. They will persist and continue to come back to bite.

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