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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My question, however, is how GMANews.tv expects to gather inputs from affected areas if communication lines there are felled. Then again, at least there’s the well-meant effort to help. Pogi points to GMA-7’s Serbisyong Totoo!