When 50 is greater than 2,000

BOO TO MOST mainstream media outfits for not covering the interfaith pro-life rally at the PICC grounds yesterday.

A very conservative estimate of the rally’s attendees is 2,000. CBCP News estimates it to have been 5,000. [Photos of the event]

Attended by various groups, including Muslims, Catholics, and some Christian denominations, the rally was among the pro-life block’s largest.

The only online MSM which reported particularly on the rally are the Manila Times and Malaya.

What else do we have in the news today?

The last two stories are acceptable, even with their very brief mention of yesterday’s rally. But the first? GMA News Online chose to publish a 343-word story about a rally with 50 attendees instead of a rally with thousands.

–Wait, did you say “bias”?

[UPDATED 14.ii.11 11:30 pm]

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What’s in a name?

IT’S A PITY how some journalists trivialized the Makati City bus blast last week and made fun of a victim of the tragic incident — the bus driver.

His name is Latinate — Maximo Peligro — which may be roughly translated to “maximum danger”, and which some journalists found newsworthy because of its coincidence with the fate he and his passengers met.

Among the apparently insensitive stories revolving around Mr. Peligro’s name, the best archetype is probably Ira Pedrasa’s article on abs-cbnNEWS.com. The 315-word article merely focused on the interest generated by the victim’s curious name:

While Filipinos still can’t get a grip of how such an explosion happened at such a quiet siesta time, a few somehow got a quick sense of why it all happened: Maximo. Maximum. Peligro. Danger. Risk.

[…]

…the online community was already abuzz with the unusual name.

PopiSunga said: Maximo Peligro? Seriously?

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The article continues with a list of equally trivializing headlines by other journalists and bloggers. It’s written like a joke, and I wonder if relatives of the five people killed in the bombing found it funny.

It seems that the only consolation in the webpage that contained Pedrasa’s article is the comments section. Some readers were keen enough to observe the article’s insensitivity and lack of taste.