Who were out-scooped in the #Lenileaks debacle?
The whole fracas surrounding the discovery of potentially incriminating, and, yes, embarrassing emails allegedly between the Office of the Vice President and its “allies” have revealed many things about mainstream and social media that may have turned a corner in the current “competition” between the two.
We have written previously about these and how social media and bloggers are able to provide content and context for the audience that cannot seem to find these deeper truths in mainstream media outlets. http://www.resurgent.ph/artikulo/why-online-media-rocks
The rise of social and online media has diminished mainstream media’s organized role as examiner and purveyor of truth. This is evidenced by their own admitted use of social media tools to gain readership.
It also did not help that at the start of the term, president Duterte called out many among them as corrupted, something they bristled at but repeatedly admitted to in their statements through the National Union of journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).
” The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) does not gloss over the fact that corruption is among the most pressing problems faced by the media.”
Curiously, and perhaps in support of this, Inquirer columnist Ceres Doyo came out with a strong defense of mainstream media, focusing on Constitutional guarantees to bolster its socially ordained role as the mirror to government . (http://opinion.inquirer.net/100575/journalism-not-game-joke)
While she may have good intentions for writing about this, it, sadly, may have portrayed traditional media and the NUJP in a less than flattering light—that of those demanding the attention and influence they may have had before.
Worse, they now seem to have failed to fulfill their noble functions; it shows how much of a laggard she and her colleagues may have become compared to, say, Thinking Pinoy in delivering not only juicy news, but the pith that contains the juice.
Should mainstream journalists start following this blogger’s lead? Or are they just too proud to admit that they were beaten to the draw?
As traditional media outlets now enter social media and the online world to reach its readers, additional pressure is placed on journalists to provide content that truly reflects the sanctity of its mandate. For the truth does not only sell copy from the juicy details; it empowers decisions and creates consciousness about the Filipino, guiding and pushing them to be a greater people.