The fact is, “fact-checker” Ellen Tordesillas has been a supporter and ally of Senator Antonio Trillanes for decades. She campaigned for his release when he was still in jail for his crime against the Filipino people. She also uses her website to promote his advocacies and propaganda against his enemies.
Been blogging since 2009. I distinctly remember how motivated Tordesillas was in lobbying for the release of Trillanes from prison. She believed he was just doing what was good for the Philippines in rebelling against then President Gloria Arroyo — never mind that he broke the law, damaged property, and put Filipino civilians’ lives at risk.
The fact that Ellen Tordesillas campaigned for the release of Trillanes means she has been practicing partisan politics for decades. She was using her clout as a journalist to paint Trillanes as a hero. She was instrumental in riling up the public against Arroyo then.
Indeed, Ellen Tordesillas reminds me of that movie with Nicole Kidman whose character fell in love with a criminal who was in prison. She advocated for his release just like how Tordesillas advocated for Trillanes’s release believing he was innocent. Unfortunately, he was a real criminal.
Queen of Philippine “fact checkers” Ellen Tordesillas finally fact checks Rappler CEO Maria Ressa! Ressa, we recall, has been insisting that “press freedom” is “under threat” in the Philippines which we have long pointed out is a complete lie.
Fortunately Tordesillas had recently come to her senses and acknowledge too in a tweet that Ressa has not been telling the truth at all.
Filipinos can now rest assured that “press freedom” is not “dying” in the Philippines and that Ressa had merely been foolishly crying out that the sky is falling and making a complete fool of herself. Ellen Tordesillas said so. She is, after all, the Philippines’ foremost “fact checker”.
When it comes to sharing the “Bikoy” videos that supposedly expose a “narco-list” that implicates in the Philippines’ drug trade members of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s family, Vera Files head and “fact checker” extraordinaire Ellen Tordesillas pulls no punches.
Tordesillas reports on her blog that the videos “look professionally done” and were “uploaded on You Tube and Facebook [under the] account of ‘Metro Balita’, which lists itself as ‘media/news company’.”
All this is, of course, just Tordesillas’s personal opinion to suggest something about the factualness of the content of the videos and the authenticity of its sources.
It is thus hypocritical that the Philippines’ Queen of “Fact Checking” would encourage people to consume and spread content on social media on the weak back of her opinion and personal judgement and not much else.