This is the age where people have lost their trust in traditional media.
I, myself have stopped watching the news on television and even avoid hearing news especially if it came from this famous bias media.
Before, the only source of news that I could trust is either from the radios, tv, and newspapers. Those are the only trusted means of news reporting those days than hearsay.
But now, by the existence of social media where there is a two-way communication, when people can exchange info’s and react, where there is an open system, transparency, authenticity and real time creation, people are beginning to doubt the traditional media’s credibility.
Today, Journalists dedication is questionable. Why? Most of them are paid and only reports what could benefit their pockets.
They have lost the values of their profession which is truth and integrity.
Traditional media are paid media. Their reporting is controlled. It is either they could use misleading headlines or make their own version of stories. They could have fooled many people if not for the social media.
I am not generalizing here, but I am only pointing out the current issue pertaining of bias reporting. If this bias reporting continues, they could fire up the hate ,cmisunderstanding, division, enough to start a civil war.
Just take a look at the example below – A post from Sass’ page criticizing the Inquirer
Spot the difference.
On September 16, 2016, you published an article, entitled: “Duterte ordered us to kill.” In that article, your writer narrated what Matobato testified under oath: “Testifying under oath, Matobato said Mr. Duterte himself killed a National Bureau of Investigation agent, Vicente Amisola, in Davao in 2007” (http://tinyurl.com/hkzlzzn).
Now, January 4, 2017, you published an article, entitled: “I saw Duterte kill 8 times’ –Matobato.” Now, somewhere in that article your editor wrote this note: “NBI agent Vicente Amisola was killed on Feb. 11, 1994.–Ed.” (http://tinyurl.com/hjl4u75).
What are the odds that the article of CNN (Will Ripley) and Inquirer’s article on Edgar Matobato would have the same disclaimer?
31 December 2016: “CNN has not independently confirmed Matobato’s allegations.”
4 January 2017: “The Inquirer could not independently confirm Matobato’s allegations.”
Yet despite that disclaimer, they chose to publish Matobato’s claims.
Diosko naman ang Rappler…
Ang headline nila: Duterte poised to reject SSS pension hike
Ang nakalagay sa article nila: “President Rodrigo Duterte appears poised to break his campaign promise to give a P2,000 across-the-board hike..”
With social media, people can voice out what they have observed. They can interact and defend their opinions. Journalists are not safe now from the scrutinizing eyes of informed netizens.