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Monday, June 4, 2018

Blog criticizes Rappler for "dishonest" report on Duterte kiss issue

Rappler Logo and President Rodrigo Duterte, photo from
Rappler's report on President Rodrigo Duterte's recent kissing of an overseas Filipina worker during a meey-and -greet in South Korea was criticized byblogger benign0 of the webpage Get Real Philippines.

"In essence, this piece of Rappler “journalism” is dishonest at a number of levels," the blogger said.

The piece allegedly made a misleading headline, entitled “Cheers, disgust as Duterte kisses OFW in South Korea”. 

He said that the average reader would get the impression that the mixture of "cheers" and "disgust" was that of the reaction of the audience.

However, going through the article, one would read a clarification written in bold face.

"President Rodrigo Duterte ended his meeting with the Filipino community in South Korea by kissing an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) on the lips – a move that drew cheers from the audience but disgust from some netizens," the lead of the article read.
Thus, the word "disgust" written in the headline was from the netizens and not the people in the audience attending the event.

"The author of the “report” (who wasn’t even named) seems to have put equal weight on the observations of “some netizens” as that of the actual people who were there to observe what happened with their own eyes. Worse, it is very likely that this sample of “some netizens” was cherry-picked to suit the partisan agenda that likely underpinned this “report”" said the blogger.

He said that such was a wrongful way of practicing journalism because of many reasons.

He claimed that the report  deliberately aimed to mislead readers by giving the impression that the opinion of “netizens” tweeting from their armchairs hold equal weight to the responses of direct observers of an event who were actually there.
It also claimed that Rappler's use of "some netizens" on the article, does not consitute a random sample and is not appropriate to reach a hypothesis.

He said that the term very likely consists of cherry picked elements from Netizens known to harbour sentiment in line with the partisan agenda of Rappler‘s editorial management.

The blogger claimed that Rappler failed in practicing the essence of journalist which is to deliver the truth, since is not merely content to report the news and is in the habit of editorialising within news reports thus blurring the line between what constitutes its news desk and its op-ed desks.

It suggested that Rappler use the scientific method in reaching empirical data for their reporting .

"In the case of this latest circus, whoever is assigned to report on The Kiss, should get off her lazy ass and collect real data in accordance with accepted standards applied by statisticians such as, among others, (1) sample data collected randomly to control for bias, (2) ensuring the sample size is large enough to be representative of the population at an acceptable level of confidence, (3) a hypothesis that is well-defined and highlighted clearly is presented, and (4) measures used to evaluate the data are declared and clearly-defined,"the blog read.