Thursday, June 17, 2010
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Aside from the development in my life, I am bothered by the way people are delivering the news lately.

Just consider how sometimes (becoming often) newscasters in both TV, print and radio interject opinions in delivering the news. These newscasters have a blurred vision of their roles and it shows. They themselves could not help it.

But editors, directors and producers should step in and just let the audience form their own opinions on the matter, or just relegate these newscasters and reporters to opinion shows and columns.

Just consider this recent piece in a major daily. The very first phrase is totally inappropriate:

MANILA, Philippines—In a move seen to strain relations between President-elect Benigno Aquino III and Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay, Aquino has appointed Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II to lead a high-powered team that will oversee the turnover of power in Malacañang.

Where did that phrase "In a move seen to strain relations between [Noynoy and Jojo]," come from? Who sees it as a move to strain relations between them?

At first, it would appear that the public would see this as a straining move. But further reading would reveal that it's probably the opinion of JV Bautista, a known Binay supporter. 

Even if that is true, t that should have been stated at the outset because it creates a false impression that it is, in fact, a public perception. Also, it unnecessarily creates such a public impression by the fact it was mentioned even if it is not. Worse, that unnecessary and irresponsible interjection sows intrigue where there should be none.

Hence, I am calling on these reporters, editors, publishers, directors and producers to be more circumspect in their news delivery. When it's news, their pieces should deliver facts, unseasoned by interjections of opinion. Otherwise, they better just produce opinion pieces and disclose that they are such in the first place.

Just goes to show just a few misplaced and irresponsible phrases can make a big difference.

1 Objection(s):

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Nick said...

Yup. This is so pervasive, punzi.

But it's the right thing to do to keep calling them to task.


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