PNoy and the media

Last Monday, President Aquino returned from Japan where he attended the Asia Pacific Economic Conference. While delivering his welcome speech at the airport, Aquino pointed out that the media has been reporting more on his personal life and other negative issues rather than his accomplishments. I just asked myself, shouldn’t have he expected this when he assumed office?

As the first bachelor president, Aquino should remember that his personal life will always be magnified. While he admitted to going out dates with his stylist Liz Uy, a friend of his younger sister Kris, gossip continues to hound him that he’s seeing other women, after he broke up with his girlfriend, Valenzuela councilor Shalani Soledad. Now, if he’s serious about Liz, shouldn’t he be discreet, since the media follows him like a hawk? After all, the honeymoon is over.

Aside from his personal life, Aquino also pointed out that some of the headlines from the dailies were negative to Manny Pacquiao’s win against Antonio Margarito. Let me point out that those headlines came from analysts and that as journalists, it is up to the reporter how to angle the story. Mr. Aquino is no journalist so I think he should know that there are various angles to a story.

While media has it’s own faults, sensationalizing news that shouldn’t be, it’s the people who want it. Scandal and gossip after all is what sells to begin with. Let’s be honest enough that times have changed. What is showbiz and personal is what sells. Filipinos after all are into entertainment so that’s what media gives them.

Aquino will definitely get positive news from the media. He was after all open about being criticized, but he must also learn when to talk and not talk. He has after all a spokesperson and press secretaries to take care of that. Now if only his team would work right, then may be his views of media would change.



Photo credit: Malacanang, in the public domain.

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  • manuelbuencamino

    “While media has it’s own faults, sensationalizing news that shouldn’t be, it’s the people who want it. Scandal and gossip after all is what sells to begin with. Let’s be honest enough that times have changed. What is showbiz and personal is what sells. Filipinos after all are into entertainment so that’s what media gives them.”

    Well since the market is going to be our guide then why does mainstream media still pretend with ethical guidelines and all that?

    If we go by hits on the internet, porn sites are still tops. Showbiz gossip also tops serious news. So why is mainstream media not giving people what they want in the way that they want it? Why is mainstream media, to use a metaphor, giving them soft porn instead of the real thing?

  • Jude Cartalaba

    I agree with the points you raised regarding what sells. However, as media practitioners, we also have the responsibilities to caution what we need to write about.

    Media people has the ability to change (if not at least influence) the psyche of its readers, at least. 🙂

    Great article. It’s good that you are bold enough to write such about PNoy. 🙂