Ed Lingao hits back at Jay Sonza: "Stop pretending to be what you are not" - The Daily Sentry

Friday, June 22, 2018



Ed Lingao hits back at Jay Sonza: "Stop pretending to be what you are not"



Veteran journalist Ed Lingao took to Facebook to respond to veteran newscaster and talk show host Jay Sonza who said that most new and up and coming reporters or journalists in radio and television have no respect and no breeding.
Ed Lingao and Jay Sonza / Photo credit to the owner

This is what Sonza said:

“SAD NOTE. Karamihan ng mga bagong sibol na mga reporter/anchor sa radio at telebisyon ngayon ay walang mga modo (walay batasan/ala lang asin), bastos at my pinag-aralang nasabi pero walang breeding at mababaw o walang depth o hindi aral sa mga isyu.

Illustrative examples (i.e.): JOSEPH MORONG/kara david/joel zobel/Arnold clavio (gma); ALVIN ELCHICO/sen Hernandez/KAREN DAVILA at isa pang lady host sa anc (abs-cbn); ed lingao/LOURD DE VERA/isang hindi kilalang news reader na babae (tv5); at marami pang iba”

Lingao’s post was full of sarcasm, choosing to attack Sonza with humor and obvious disbelief of what he said.

Ed Lingao / Photo credit to the owner

Lingao called Sonza a “veteran” microphone-user instead of a journalist because he says that he specifically reserves that term for people who go out into the field and create compelling and important stories.

He adds that Sonza calling these “new journalists” names and telling them they are not good enough simply because they do not reach his own standard of what a journalist should be is outright condescending and wrong, implying that the standard of what a good journalist is does not rest on Sonza.
Jay Sonza / Photo credit to the owner

Lingao also says that Sonza only pretends and claims to be a real journalist but says that all he does is “hold the microphone and fill up dead air”. Sonza is a talk show host and Lingao says that there is actually no problem with this.
Ed Lingao and Jay Sonza / Photo credit to the owner

He says that the problem lies in him pretending to be like he is better than everyone else, and insulting the people he calls “bagito reporters” whom in fact have more experience in real journalism that what Sonza knows.

Lingao then proceeds to tell Sonza that there is a difference between journalism and broadcasting, and Sonza is a broadcaster and not a journalist. He says that “not all broadcasters are journalists in the same way that not all journalists are broadcasters.”
Jay Sonza / Photo credit to the owner

He adds that what Sonza should do is to expose himself to actual journalism by joining in a coverage outside the studio without staff, researchers and writers, and only then they can see who is the real “bagito”.

Ending his post, this is what Lingao said:

Now excuse me for a moment as I mop the floor. Too much sarcasm in that last graf.”

Read his full post here:

"They've started coming out of the woodwork like wild mushrooms after a thunderstorm (Or pagkatapos umihi ng kambing. Whatever you can relate to.). This time, it's a "veteran" microphone-user (apologies but I prefer to reserve the term journalist for field people) who condescendingly and patronizingly tells the "bagong sibol" na reporters how they fail to meet his standards of respect, breeding, and depth of research. Wow.

First of all, in lecturing the so-called bagito reporters about their craft, Sonza pretends to have been a real journalist. In this context, I choose to reserve that term for certain people who can consistently do field work and craft a presentable story under deadline pressure - not someone who can just hold the microphone and fill up dead air. Your forte, HIJO, is talk show and public service. Ok naman yun eh. Pero stop pretending to be what you are not. Many of the bagito reporters you named have much more experience in real journalism than you ever had in all your years broadcasting - because broadcasting, HIJO, is not the same as journalism. Yes, there are many points of convergence, and there are so many excellent broadcast journalists (sorry you don't make the cut at all), but not all broadcasters are journalists in the same way that not all journalists are broadcasters. Unfortunately, even award-giving bodies tend to conflate them too, as we see in your case. Baka naniwala ka naman sa sarili mong press release. Baka isama kita sa isang tutoong coverage diyan na hindi sa loob ng studio at wala kang dalang mga staff, researchers, at writers, at makita natin kung sino ang bagito at kulang sa depth at research.
 Ed Lingao / Photo credit to the owner

Ed Lingao / Photo credit to the owner

But where are my manners, a "bagong sibol" daring to speak to a "veteran" multi-awarded "journalist"? (Sorry, ang daming quotation marks. Should I just use "alleged" and "reported"?)

Perhaps one day, the journo wannabees like us will become a veteran journalist just like you. After all, kilalang kilala ka po sa maliit na industriya natin dahil sa iyong breeding, modo (oh have you forgotten that your cringe-worthy FB rants are all public?), at higit sa lahat, sa LALIM ng iyong PAG-IISIP at PANANALIKSIK at PAG-AARAL sa mga issue.

Now excuse me for a moment as I mop the floor. Too much sarcasm in that last graf."


Source: Ed Lingao