#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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The dumb argument style of Fake News Crybabies like @MrsUnlawyer is the reason why Maria Ressa is obsolete

The intellectually-bankrupt argument is sadly all-too-familiar — an accusation of “fake news” that, when challenged, reveals very little substance nor basis. Here is one such recent example.

A challenge mounted by an inquisitive Netizen asking simple child-like questions ensues over a series of tweets

…but the bitter end, as far as any challenge to the quaint beliefs of Yellowtards is tragically predictable.

It is interesting to note that the Netizen known as @MrsUnlawyer already gained infamy following a challenge she issued some time back that encouraged her followers to vote on ways to effect violence on popular blogger Mocha Uson.

It is therefore not surprising why these cliques of amigas have for some time been inadvertently isolating themselves. Their lack of consistency between their virtue signalling and the manner with which they conduct themselves continues to erode their credibility.

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.

Maria Ressa may end up behind bars thanks to a cybercrime law Noynoy Aquino signed! #DefendPressFreedom

Those who insist that the arrest of Maria Ressa is an “attack on press freedom” are being stupid for continuing to criticise someone you think has the power to lock you up. The fact that you are still free despite criticising him makes you look stupid as well.

Ressa wasn’t arrested because she criticised Duterte. She was arrested for a libel case against her over an article published on her online site. It was a private individual who filed the case, not Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Please check your facts.

Interestingly enough, Noynoy Aquino was the one who signed the cyber crime act into law. Maria Ressa was helping Noynoy oust the late former Chief Justice Renato Corona during his impeachment trial when her online site published the libelous article vs W Keng. Now she could be jailed using Noynoy’s cyber crime law. Oh the irony!

I’d be totally surprised if Noynoy speaks out against a law he fully endorsed during his term. The law is working to put an end to libellous acts of his own allies in mainstream media.

Maria Ressa’s supporters cannot keep using #DefendPressFreedom to defend a law-breaker

“Hold the line”. I find this so OA. Maria Ressa is simply not very smart. She can’t stay out of trouble. She should learn from the best. Perhaps even a “minor-minor” blogger can teach her how to kick some ass without getting sued or arrested.

I don’t even know why Maria Ressa is acting so “surprised” she got arrested when the fact that she was included in the libel lawsuit was all over the news. She’s either not very smart or she thinks she can fool everyone. Either way, it doesn’t look good. This #DefendPressFreedom is misguided.

Perhaps some so-called journalists wish they would get arrested too because they are bored…it’s baffling why they are still enjoying their freedom to criticise the very person they accuse of abusing his power. Aren’t they accusing members of the judiciary of being corrupt as well?

Only a judge can decide Maria Ressa’s fate now, but it seems Maria Ressa’s supporters know better than a Philippine judge.

The “movement” to #DefendPressFreedom is all about Maria Ressa and not much else

If #DefendPressFreedom was the burning national issue Maria Ressa makes it out to be, why aren’t politicians making it a cornerstone of their campaign? The fact is, it isn’t relevant because it is a non-issue. Maria Ressa was arrested for charges related to her conduct as leader of a news media organisation. Her case has nothing to do with press freedom. For that matter, press freedom was never “under attack” to begin with.

Last we heard it is only Maria Ressa supposedly being “harassed”, supposedly. We don’t hear any other media personality throwing a tantrum even remotely similar to Ressa’s rants. There is no #DefendPressFreedom. Only defend Maria Ressa. Maria Ressa is calling on Filipinos to #DefendPressFreedom because SHE was arrested for LIBEL. Let that sink in for a moment then realise just how ridiculous the notion is.

Who is Ressa anyway? Why screech #DefendPressFreedom over a CEO who failed her shareholders, her employees, and her readers for being a mediocre executive and a dishonest “journalist”?

The only person who can decide Maria Ressa’s LEGAL case is a judge. Judges aren’t moved by activist drivel slogans like #DefendPressFreedom. Only morons are.

Arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is NOT an “attack on press freedom”. Not at all!

Members of the community of cluckity Netizens that orbit the cult of personality of Maria Ressa, CEO of “social news network” Rappler are up in arms. As I write this, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are reportedly serving a warrant of arrest and taking Ressa to custody for offenses related to libel. In response, Ressa’s fans are crying bloody “attack on press freedom”.

But, really, all this has NOTHING to do with “press freedom”. The charges against Maria Ressa have to do with the DISHONEST “journalism” she and her henchwomen are evidently free to propagate. Until now, that is.

One Netizen desperately asks, “Do you think this still has nothing to do with suppressing press freedom, Sir? Help me understand your stance re this.”

To that I say, you need to step further back because the premise that frames your question is flawed. Step back and ask whether “press freedom” is “under attack” in the Philippines to begin with.

The truth is, press freedom was NEVER under threat to begin with. There is no evidence of this dishonest claim propagated by Maria Ressa.

The core issue here is around the charges against Ressa submitted within the framework of the law. Screeching “press freedom” does nothing to mitigate Ressa’s trouble with the law. If Ressa’s supporters want to be smart, they should respond with legal arguments rather than the obsolete street theatrics and crybaby stunts they are likely already planning to mount.

#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.

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.

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.