Inquirer features Vicente and his bonsai trees

By all appearances, of couse, the story was a defensive reaction to the online backlash over the controversial photos. But that was a wise move by the Inquirer.

After publishing the insensitive/bullying montage of photos of Demetrio Vicente a few days ago, the paper put up in yesterday’s issue a flattering banner photo and a news-feature story of the man and his bonsai trees. Vicente is a cousin of impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Now it seems like the Inquirer has made up for its wrongdoing well enough.

The news outfit is also lucky to have dealt with a person as forgiving as Vicente.

“Apology accepted,” the man reportedly said. “Wala naman sa akin ‘yun.

Definitely everyone wants to move on from that shameful Inquirer incident, even as the paper continues with its pro-Aquino reportage.

Lessons have been learned, but reviews are sure to become necessary when justice demands it.


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?

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]