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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 […]

Duterte’s blast on newspaper ‘slant’

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita The president complains of media overdoing its ‘antagonism’ “Look at the Inquirer. They are the ones saying that I am killing the poor. That son-of-a b**** is bull****. The poor will be killed. Look at how they slant the stories.” –President Duterte […]

Complaint vs. Inquirer, ABS-CBN

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita Duterte rants on ‘corrupt and unfair’ media and its ‘oligarch’ owners When President Duterte last June 4 declared a boycott on media, following his May 31 blast on media corruption and virtual endorsement of killing corrupt journalists he didn’t name any news […]

Mainstream media, Mocha Uson

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita MBC and DZRH serve notice that broadcast values still apply in their newsroom When dzRH radio, owned by Manila Broadcasting Co., suspended indefinitely a commentary program by Mocha Uson, President Duterte’s “supporter and propagandist,” it set off some ripples in the media […]

‘Destabilizers’ and ‘deep state’

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita ‘Threats’ on Duterte, Trump show parallels. And media unavoidably would’ve a part in reporting the clash Palace spokespersons dispute most criticisms of President Duterte as acts of destabilization: more recently, opposition of the mining industry to his environment and natural resources secretary, […]

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 […]