Journalists, please — not gossipmongers

The consensus on the Net is that the Filipino boxing champion has fallen from grace because of his rant against gay marriage.

Thus wrote Bayani San Diego Jr. in his “news” report on boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s recent remark opposing same-sex unions. The report appeared on the Inquirer’s May 17 frontpage.

What’s wrong with the report?

It is obviously biased. From paragraph one to the last, it actually rants against Pacquaio, citing or quoting LGBTQ advocates and leaving Pacquiao undefended.

It is not verified. More like an emotional knee-jerk reaction, really.

In a recent interview in the US newspaper National Conservative Examiner, Pacquiao likened gay marriage to “Sodom and Gomorrah” and quoted a biblical passage that said “gays should be put to death.”

San Diego should have tried to verify first whether the second-hand information he got was indeed accurate. It turns out that Pacquaio didn’t really “[liken] gay marriage to ‘Sodom and Gomorrah'”, nor did he “[quote] a biblical passage that said ‘gays should be put to death’.” The disgraced Examiner writer said so. The least that San Diego could have done was insert “alleged” in the right places.

San Diego, as a reporter (particularly in that article), should not use the Inquirer to forward his personal agenda. The Inquirer’s readers deserve true and fair journalists, not gossipmongers.

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