media & the moneyed
The Luisita issue aside, the real problem these days is that PR men have so much clout in media that they can always get their lies told in the guise of news. That, I think, is, in large measure, a function of a generally uncritical attitude among media practitioners toward the rich, famous, and powerful. In interviews, whether for print or broadcast media, such rich, famous, and powerful personalities are lobbed powder-puff questions by reporters or talk show hosts, and their answers, however self-serving, inane, or mind-boggling, are accepted without question or critical rejoinder.
This reflects either media’s inferiority complex when in the presence of the rich, famous, and powerful or the simple recognition (and acceptance) of who actually butters media’s bread. In either case, the country and the people are worse off for this.