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Andanar ducks after fallout

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita Separate incidents, with Senate reporters and Malacañang Press Corps, showed how a publicist can get maimed and recover [Related: “How a publicist can screw up,” Media’s Public, Feb. 25, 2017] Two incidents, a month or so apart, showed how a high-powered publicist, […]

Fewer news reports of acquittals?

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita RTC Executive Judge Gilbert Moises tells why a ruling of “not guilty” deserves to be published Cebu Regional Trial Court Judge Gilbert Moises asked at a media forum last week why the press usually doesn’t report acquittal of a person accused of […]

How a publicist can screw up

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita Andanar shows what not to do in discrediting accusations about his client [Related: “When a news source slams or even curses the press,” Media’s Public, June 8, 2013] Even Martin Andanar, press secretary and presidential communications officer, must realize by now that […]

Leaks to the press not so bad

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu] Not when they expose wrongdoing or avert disaster in governance U.S. President Donald Trump was fuming over the leak of information to the media that brought down his senior security adviser Mike Flynn and other unfortunate events that embarrassed his less-than-a-month-old […]

Why Tomas shot down FOI ordinance

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu] Mayor Osmeña may issue an executive order instead. To avoid confusion and duplication, he said [Related article: Concerns of Cebu Journalists on Local FOIs, Media’s Public, Dec. 3, 2016) It was the classic “I-am-all-for-it-but” pitch of those who refuse a proposal […]

Cebu papers now equal — in size

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu] Newspapers, like many other things in the world, are not created equal. Juanito V. Jabat, whom I worked with for 17 years in “The Freeman,” used to say that. I would laugh, not over his wisdom-laced pronouncement but the pun that […]

Calling the lie what it is

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu] Soon after U.S. President Donald Trump took his oath of office, the leader of the most powerful nation in the world declared a “running war” with media, his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said a falsehood is an “alternative fact” that may […]

Trump’s whiplash on CNN, BuzzFeed

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu] It happened in the U.S., where journalism and journalists have been in helter-skelter since Donald Trump’s entry into American politics. No sign of let-up. It even intensified a few days before he took his oath as president. On Jan. 10, CNN […]

Handling fake news on Aquino

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu] Compare these two headlines in two newspapers last Jan. 6, 2017: — “Noynoy, six others face plunder charge over illegal shipments of $141B gold bars” — “Viral story gives Aquino his first spurious plunder rap”

CROSSING LINES. Press Secretary Andanar writes a column for a national broadsheet. The government hires blogger and Duterte-defender Uson. Media watchers deplore that the line is crossed. But lines have been blurred for some time now

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu] RAUL Gonzales, then president Gloria Arroyo’s justice secretary, wrote a newspaper opinion column. So did her press secretary and Presidential Management Staff chief, the late Cerge Remonde from Cebu. Imee Marcos reportedly still writes a column for a tabloid in Manila. […]