I was in San Francisco when I watched this sorry episode. CNN had the story but their thrust was not so much that there was a hostage situation in Manila (incidents like these, unfortunately, frequently happen worldwide), but that “the whole incident was being broadcast live on television,” followed by a recital of CNN guidelines and how they have an editor in the newsroom who monitors and EDITS what they get. This person edited the ABS-CBN coverage and only showed the bus at a distance.
Media in this country has become recidivist when it comes to how they deliver the bad news. They almostmake it worse. Valdes was right: they are vilifying themselves.
read the whole essay by Ma. Isabel Ongpin