Maria Ressa needs to take a break from #DefendPressFreedom — because she is the CEO of Rappler!

If I were a shareholder of “social news network” Rappler, I’d be really pissed. You hire and pay a CEO big bucks and what does she do? She gets my company into a heap of tax trouble and exposes it to a big libel case. Worst of all, she gets arrested and spends most of her time in rallies and schmoozing with “activists” who espouse nebulous causes.

Most CEOs worth their salt are measured on the basis of shareholder added value. It seems Ressa has not only exempted herself from compliance to Philippine law, she’s also unilaterally exempted herself from measures that make most CEOs tremble on their leather seats.

If there is anything that exhibits just what an awful business executive Maria Ressa is, look no further than the business she was supposed to be leading. Rappler was once a star “new media” entity. Now it is so short of cash that it resorts to soliciting donations to fund its quaint legal battles.

Ressa is covering up her failure as a CEO with the dishonest “activism” around “press freedom” we are subject to today. That’s a really dishonest initiative that is sucking precious attention span away from more important national issues that truly matter to ordinary Filipinos. It’s time to put a stop to this nonsense and call out the failed CEO that Maria Ressa really is.

#DefendPressFreedom “activists” shriek “stop the attacks”. But no such “attacks” exist!

Dressed in black, not in their traditional yellow for some reason, the usual faces representing the usual “activism” is fired up once again. But, really, what are they on fire about?

That’s the million-peso question.

The sheer volume and shrillness of the noise surrounding what is essentially the vacuous notion of some sort of “attack on press freedom” these skills are kicking up all just simply highlights that they lack a direct response to the charges Rappler CEO Maria Ressa faces.

The reality is that this is all just amounts to a storm in a teacup. This is evident in the small set of familiar faces consistently seen in these “rallies”. Thus, the question these shills need to consider is how big a swathe of Philippine society their message resonates with.

Indeed, Maria Ressa herself is not above crying bloody libel when she’s on the business end of an “attack” involving writer Katrina Stuart-Santiago back in 2012…

The conflict seems to revolve around elder “journalist” Ressa taking issue with the way Stuart-Santiago posted the article, which contains some opinions which implied some allegations about the blanket motives of some of the people involved in the circus and the broader agenda of Rappler.com.

Ultimately there is an election to be won and the Opposition are missing the mark focusing on drivelous “activism” such as this.

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Did Maria Ressa LIE to the Associated Press (@AP) regarding her arrest? #DefendPressFreedom

The Associated Press today announced the deletion of a tweet posted Wednesday and implied that it was misled by statements provider by Rappler CEO Maria Ressa…

The AP deleted a Wednesday tweet on journalist Maria Ressa’s arrest. It incorrectly said she was arrested for criticizing Philippine President Duterte. Authorities said she was arrested over a libel complaint, but Ressa argues the government misapplied the law to target her.

This is a landmark retraction by a major news media organisation as many others continue to “report” misleading information about Ressa’s arrest on charges of libel.

Erstwhile respected “journalist” Christiane Amanpour, for example, seemingly stands by the very significantly slanted take on the matter that the AP now distances itself from…

You know a government is desperate when they arrest a journalist.

President Duterte: FREE @mariaressa NOW.

@UNESCO
@pressfreedom
#MariaRessa
#PressFreedom

It seems Amanpour needs to be reminded of the most relevant fact of this matter — that only a Philippine court can decide on that which she is calling for.

Perhaps the rest of the global “journalism” community need to get a grip and step back from all the misleading emotionalism kicked up by Maria Ressa in her desperation to sidestep the the task she is being taken to today. It’s an opportune time for the community to revisit the core values of the journalism profession and understanding the root cause of the crisis of relevance and credibility that the corporate news media industry suffers today.

Here’s why Jiggy Manicad is an EXCEPTIONAL politician…

Yellowtards are of the belief that the numerous journalism awards won by journalist-turned-politician Jiggy Manicad are no longer valid testaments to his professional chops. “Human rights” honcho Caloy Conde, for example, believes that the “100 journalism awards [Manicad] received don’t mean shit the moment [he] misused them to support this madman [current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte].”

That attitude is problematic. Conde is, in effect, second guessing the wisdom of the awarding bodies that, at the time, deemed Manicad worthy.

More importantly, Conde inadvertently highlights just how exceptional a person Manicad is. What traditional politician, after all, would, in their “right” mind, risk blacklisting from a powerful bloc of “influencers” in order to stick to his or her principles? Indeed. Blacklisting. That “Philippine Journalism” actually blacklists people on the basis of what principles they choose to stand for is the real criminal act here.

Suffice to say, those award bodies are dens of boys’ clubs and cluckity hen houses that are blighted by extensive histories of colluding to prop up allies and crush opponents to their political agendas. It is no secret that Philippine journalism is a community of hopelessly politicised crooks and Manicad has so far exhibited the courage to point that out.

#Debate2019 proved that “press freedom” is NOT “under threat” and that Maria Ressa is a LIAR!

As everyone knows by now, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is on a global campaign to propagate a lie — that “press freedom” in the Philippines is under threat and that it may, possibly, be already dead.

The most recent proof that Ressa is full of shit is the recently-transpired debate held between senatorial candidates in this year’s elections. The debate was a showcase of true “fearless” journalists throwing the hard questions at the debate participants as Netizens have attested to…

Mel Tiangco, Arnold Clavio, Howie Severino, Jessica Soho are fearless in throwing questions to the senatoriables 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 so pleasant to see Vicky Morales and Pia Arcangel as moderators, they are so beautiful on screen… ✔️✔️✔️ #Debate2019

It does not take much to prove that Ressa is a liar and will probably take even less to prove she is not only a negligent CEO who let her shareholders, employees, and audience down, but also, very possibly, a crooked carpetbagger with a chip on her shoulder.

Kudos to the real journalism professionals who organised this debate and ensured that press freedom is not “dead” as some liars keep insisting.

Jiggy Manicad excommunicated from Philippine “Journalism” by Human Rights cheerleader @carloshconde!

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.

According to @TIME Magazine, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is being harassed for being a Tax Evader!

Read this idiotic TIME Magazine article. It presumes to “report” on Fake News Crybaby and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa claiming that “the looming threat of tax evasion charges against prominent Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has prompted an outpouring of support” mainly coming from (who else?) “journalists around the world”.

But of course. “Journalists” are the 21st Century’s biggest crybabies because they’ve in recent times had their candy — domination of the planet’s information dissemination infrastructure — taken from them unceremoniously. They go about their monumental tantrum by putting up their own personal Satan — “fake news”.

Rather than redeem themselves and compete to regain a decent share of their lost pie, they instead ratchet up the dishonesty in their discredited craft. This recent article where they elevate Ressa to industry martyr is the latest example of the abomination their industry had become. Nowhere in this “report” are actual facts about Ressa’s tax evasion charges presented. That’s not just being biased, that’s just being plain dishonest.

Ph “journalism” has lost CREDIBILITY because people like @jnery_newsstand and @JeffCrisostomo INSULT their readers’ intelligence!

We see now the extent of the perverted thinking of certain self-appointed authorities on the profession of “journalism”. According to “communications and legislative officer” Jeff Crisostomo, for example, “journalists” are people who ought to harbour more progressive views

Just saw @jiggymanicad’s latest statements thru tweets from @rapplerdotcom. Cringe fest. You’d think that as a journalist, he would have more progressive views, but no. After he loses, he’d be more fit serving under the likes of Andanar than return to journalism. Zero credibility

Wait a minute, Mr Crisostomo, why do you stereotype “journalists” as people necessarily harbouring “more progressive views”? There are journalists who articulate conservative views too, you know. What makes you an authority on what side of the political spectrum “journalists” should be inhabiting?

And, for his part, former Inquirer editor John Nery is suggesting that this “progressive” side is the only valid side of the journalism profession and that any journalist who runs counter to this side is “betraying” his profession.

Wow.

People like Crisostomo and Nery are the reasons their “side” of the journalism profession had lost all credibility — because they INSULT the intelligence of their readers.

People who claim “press freedom” is “under threat” are LIARS

Is Philippine media REALLY under threat? Opposition “thought leaders” keep shrieking that it is. But there seems to be absolutely no evidence that this is true. At best, the notion remains DEBATABLE. Trouble is, Yellowtards aren’t willing to have that debate and prefer, instead, to latch on to their mere beliefs and the preachings of quacks like Maria Ressa. Indeed, Maria Ressa, the foremost “champion” of this ululation, to cite a high-profile example, silences anyone who dares challenge her dogma on the matter.

For that matter, many “thought leaders” of the Opposition don’t set a very good example when it comes to being open to having their views scrutinised and challenged. One such example is Opposition senatorial candidate Florin “Pilo” Hilbay who is renowned for his quick trigger finger when it comes to blocking dissent.

Proponents of the idea that the media and, for that matter, anyone associated with the Opposition are “victims” of some sort of conspiracy to “attack” them seem to turn a blind eye purposely to a really plausible alternative view — that, perhaps, the real threat to media is NOT curtailment of freedom but the degenerating quality of Filipino journalism and, even more disturbing, dishonest journalists.

This is the real debate that is begging to be had. It’s time those who latch on to one inbred view open themselves to that important debate lest they become the villains in the very narratives of “victimhood” they reassure themselves with.

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.