What debate?

GMA NEWS’ MARIZ Umali reported on 24 Oras a one-sided story on yesterday’s RH bill debate at the House of Representatives.

“RH bill, pinagdebatehan sa plenaryo,” the headline went.

But note Ms Umali’s interviewees: Rep. Janet Garin (1:23),  Rep. Edcel Lagman (1:57), and Rep. Kaka Bag-ao (2:27) — all of them pro-RH, each with at least 11 seconds of airtime explaining his/her views. What first appeared as a news story on a debate seemed to turn into an ad.

At the start of the report also note Ms Umali’s opinion that several congresspeople tried to thwart the railroading of the RH bill [“…ilang kongresista muna ang nagtangkang pigilan ang proseso.” (0:28-0:31)].

The least she could have done to hide her bias is attribute that opinion to the pro-RH lawmakers.

Is this the kind of journalism we want from our Kapuso? Whatever happened to serbisyong totoo?

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5 thoughts on “What debate?

      • That line wasn’t delivered live. They taped it. Batasan was already closing and my sundo wasn’t there yet so I was able to watch many reporters there. The one that was live was Ruth Cabal’s report. I saw her talking to Jessica Soho, also live.

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