Rappler continues to REFUSE to APOLOGISE amidst revelations it published false and SLANDEROUS material

It’s been more than 24 hours since Eurasia Future director Adam Garrie issued a demand for an apology after Rappler and its research team produced and published a slanderous piece of “investigative journalism” against him.

The Rappler “report” authored by Rapplerettes Vernise Tantuco, Wayne Manuel, Michael Bueza, Glenda Marie Castro and Gemma Mendoza alleges that Garrie maintains “links” with Russia (presumably its government) and that he is part of a network of influence channeled through other noted Filipino bloggers among whom are counted Sass Rogando Sasot and RJ Nieto. The Rappler “report” also suggests that Manila Times columnist Bobi Tiglao is part of this operation on the basis of the number of times he cites Garrie’s work.

The only sensible option for the Rappler team responsible for this travesty against the otherwise noble profession of “investigative journalism” is to face Garrie’s challenge to them head on. Either prove him wrong or, failing that, apologise unconditionally.

STUNNED SILENCE from Rappler editor and writers following demand for APOLOGY issued by Adam Garrie!

An article published by Rappler alleging that Eurasia Future director Adam Garrie enjoys “links” with Russia and that these are being channeled to influence social media political chatter in the Philippines has backfired badly.

The article was a piece of sophomoric “investigative journalism” by a Rappler “research team” consisting of Vernise Tantuco, Wayne Manuel, Michael Bueza, Glenda Marie Castro and Gemma Mendoza that utterly failed to deliver a sound analysis of these links.

To those allegations, Garrie articulates a clear categorical response in an email presumably to the Rappler editorial desk that had since been published on the Eurasia Future website

Rappler says I have “connections to Russia” and by that I assume they mean the Russian government. This is false. Although I used to get lots of calls to appear on Russia Today (aka RT), those calls started to dry up well over a year ago, although I was recently on a show produced by the Associated Press (an American company) that airs on RT. For the record, I have no particular problem with RT, but it seems that someone at RT has a problem with me. I don’t particularly care though.

Also for the record, I support the Russian opposition and not the government as I believe the Russian government is deeply flawed….maybe that’s why RT don’t like me anymore. Rappler should catch up.

Included in Garrie’s email is a demand that Rappler retract the allegations and issue an apology.

…because my reputation has been defamed by the lies you have printed, I would ask that you retract the lies, issue me a personal apology and donate a small amount to a Philippines based charity of my choosing.

It’s Rappler‘s move. So far, nothing but silence. But that’s just Rappler being Rappler.