Reading Western Media

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 19-04-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro THE WESTERN media, according to one view, are the benchmarks of accuracy, fairness and impartiality. They are the watchdogs of government, the actions and policies  of which they  monitor in behalf of the citizenry so that the power delegated to the politicians by a sovereign people are neither abused nor used […]

Against Technicism

Posted by cmfr | Posted in Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 27-03-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro IS THE journalist only a technician skilled in reporting the narratives of the powerful? Or are journalistic skills — the capacity to look for and to tell a story, and to momentarily engage viewers, listeners or readers — only part of the resources he or she needs  as a participant in […]

Reforming Government Media

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 20-03-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro   THE REFORM of the government media system mostly consisting of radio and television  networks has  been tried at least once.  But an announcement of the government intention to do so also came much later, after three administrations– the Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo regimes– had come and gone. After the EDSA […]

A Journalism of Consent

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 10-03-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro IN HIS book Public Opinion (1921), the US journalist and public intellectual Walter Lippmann argued that for democracy to work, the consent of the governed must be “manufactured” by those who have the interest and the knowledge to look into the complexities of public issues and policy. The collective interests of […]

Cringe Cringe Mr. President

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Melinda Quintos de Jesus | Posted on 02-12-2016

  I cringe every time I hear the president say, “my country” or  “my people” when speaking to us and not to a foreign audience. Almost six months in office, the president with his autocratic ways, may be feeling as though, having been elected president, he has acquired us as his property, chattel like cattle, […]

Why Only in Albay?

Church Bells Toll Against Killings

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Melinda Quintos de Jesus | Posted on 01-12-2016

  Every 9 p.m. in Albay (PDI), church bells toll to call the faithful to collective prayer for an end to drug killings. In a letter read in all the 45 churches in the province, Bishop Joel Z. Baylon, explained the practice as a response to the violence, specifically to yet another repeated vow uttered […]

Is it New? Is it Independent?

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Melinda Quintos de Jesus | Posted on 27-10-2016

By Melinda Quintos de Jesus I KNOW I had written about the importance of words, especially in governance. But maybe we are making too much of President Duterte’s words.  Maybe we should not take any of it too seriously, these emotional outbursts, even about grave matters, especially when dealing with foreign policy and international relations. […]

War Over Words: Interpreting Mr. Duterte

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Melinda Quintos de Jesus | Posted on 04-10-2016

By Melinda Quintos de Jesus THE BROUHAHA over President Rodrigo Duterte’s reference to Hitler’s Holocaust is not the first in his relatively brief career as a national politician.  Perhaps, we can say that his career stands out for number of times his loose tongue has caused furious controversy. We do not need to review every single […]

Jokowi Bests Duterte: A Most Critical Period for Media in Southeast Asia

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Melinda Quintos de Jesus | Posted on 30-09-2016

By Melinda Quintos de Jesus It cannot be helped. Our regional engagement is enhanced by the quality of our leaders. In the past decades, I have met with our counterparts in the field of media development, and our exchange reflects the pride of having elected a good president — or not. It’s been a kind […]

Duterte’s War on Drugs: Learning from the Failure of Thailand and Colombia

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Melinda Quintos de Jesus | Posted on 07-09-2016

By Melinda de Jesus President Rodrigo Duterte is not the first to take to the path of violence with the goal of ending the plague of drugs.  Thailand’s highly controversial and equally popular Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who rose to power in 2001 also thought he could fight fire with fire. Living in Thailand from […]