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Where the fake news law could fail

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita Lawmakers need to look at SB #1492 thoroughly and, with experts of media and technology, craft legislation that can work Last June 22, Sen. Joel Villanueva filed Senate Bill #1492 that seeks to punish “malicious distribution” of fake news and black propaganda.

‘Bullying’ the White House press

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita U.S. reporters may have to bear with the press secretary’s rant. Trump people own the mic, set the rules. And journalists can talk back in their own individual news outlets and media platforms. A number of reporters covering the White House have […]

What mainstream media can do about fake news

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita Newspapers and broadcast stations can hardly help educate audiences and call out bogus material elsewhere if they themselves are reckless with their stories Senate Bill #1492, filed by Sen. Joel Villanueva, seeks to punish purveyors of fake news, although one may ask […]

Aguirre’s mistakes in Marawi ‘plot’ story

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita The DOJ secretary mishandled post-incident damage control. In the first place, he shouldn’t have opened his mouth about a conspiracy he still had to verify Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II’s handling of the report of an alleged destabilization plot against the Duterte […]

If a comedian uses journalism tools, is he not a journalist?

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita John Oliver uses humor to draw and keep his audience but uses facts and logic to drive his point home “Stupid shows like ours lean heavily on local papers. In fact, whenever the show is mistakenly called journalism, it is a slap […]

Calling out state media’s mistakes

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita It’s a practice that may be encouraged. Misinformation needs to be exposed wherever it occurs. PNA and Mocha Uson slipped and drew a lot of noise Philippines News Agency (PNA) last May 27 ran on its web page a news story with […]

Striking back at the press

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita The news outlet may be stymied in resisting abuse of power if its owners are vulnerable in their business with the government News sources, especially politicians and other high public officials, are also human beings who feel pain and anger when they […]

Why the press secretary lies

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita Publicists like Sean Spicer and Ernesto Abella present the news as best as they can to favor their bosses. But they can’t change the facts CNN media columnist Dylan Byers last March 31 wrote: U.S. White House Press Secretary “Sean Spicer has […]

Coping with criticism in foreign press

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita Andanar’s blast on Senate reporters didn’t work. Hinting The New York Times is corrupt and did a ‘hack job’ dodges the principal issue President Duterte hasn’t had a friendly press abroad since he assumed office. Instead, because of his potshots at then […]

When to drop the camera and save a life

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita The photojournalist is at times faced with conflicting choices: doing his job or rescuing a human being from death Abd Alkader Habak, a photographer covering the Syrian war, last week was at the scene when a bomb hit a convoy of buses […]