Fact check: the media did report on the Ilocos Sur caravan for Marcos



November 9, 2021 | 5:21 p.m.

MANILA, Philippines – A blogger on Facebook and YouTube posted two articles claiming that the “mainstream” media did not want to report on the caravan of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

CLAIM: On November 7, blogger Maharlika posted two posts on Facebook. The first has a caption “BBM Caravan, you have access to Fakestream media”.

Less than an hour later, she again posted: “Don’t forget the Fakestream media in BBM Caravan. Peroez Fenk’s ribbon in the Kalabaw ni Lugaw procession with the procession of cars, title and minu-minuto binabalita . “

EVALUATION: It is False.


What the messages say

Facebook blogger Maharlika posted a video of the procession on November 7 titled “BBM caravan, grabe ang suporta”. In caption, she said the “fakestream” media – a coup against the mainstream media commonly used by conspiracy theorists and supporters of former US President Donald Trump – did not want to talk about it.

Another article published the same day said the silence in mainstream media over Marcos’ trailer was deafening.

The page posted photos in support of Marcos. The vlogger also conducted a “kalye presidential investigation” for her viewers.

What the messages left out

A Google search showed that ABS-CBN News, Rappler and Inquirer published reports on the caravan in Ilocos Sur on Sunday.

ABS-CBN reporter Jacque Manabat also posted a tweet at 2:01 p.m., asking social media users who took photos and videos of the event and agreed to be interviewed.

ABS-CBN has stories about the trailer in Filipino and English. They also published a separate photo caption showing the procession. The story in Filipino was posted at 4:57 p.m. on Sunday.

Rapper, which posted primarily in English, also posted a story on its website, which was posted at 5:05 p.m. the same day.

Applicant also reported on the same day that the procession had attracted some 8,000 supporters, as the organizers claimed.

The state-run PTV4 also released on his Twitter account photos from the event, screenshot of an official video from Governor Ryan Luis Singson’s fan page.

Marcos’ arrival in Tacloban City to attend events commemorating supertyphon Yolanda’s birthday on Monday was covered by national and regional media, as seen on their social media accounts. Articles have also been written on the presser.

Essential context

The Digital News Report 2020 noted that the Filipino media have been subjected to increased attacks during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

He said in his 2021 report that Filipino confidence in news rose from 27% to 32% in 2020, while confidence in social media news fell to 20% from 22%.

Despite the slight increase in trust, the report notes that “journalists who have criticized the government continue to face attacks and harassment online.”

The report notes that “distrust of news brands has diminished, with the exception of Rappler, whom government supporters continue to attack,” highlighting the role that accusations of bias and unfair coverage have had an impact on. confidence in the media.

A section of the same report, focusing on perceptions of fair media coverage, also noted that there is “a long tradition of research showing that opposing political supporters both tend to view media coverage as biased against them.

He continues: “But at the same time, in most countries, people on the right are more likely to think they are being covered unfairly – perhaps under the influence of a long-standing narrative by politicians from the United States. right on media bias (the UK is relatively unusual in that this perception is more common among those on the left). ”

Why is this important?

As of November 9, Maharlika’s first video post on Facebook had elicited 17,000 reactions and 931 comments. It has also been shared 994 times. The post also landed in Philstar.com‘s watching over Crowdtangle.

The second post has been shared 1,100 times, with 21,000 reactions and 2,900 comments as of November 9.

More than 300 journalists have pledged to cover the 2022 elections in a factual manner. Members of the Filipino media industry pledged earlier this year to “provide accurate, reliable and essential information that will enable voters to empower voters and encourage public discussion and debate.”

Despite this commitment, many newsrooms have been affected by declining revenues and staff reductions, making coverage more difficult. Some journalists use crowdsourcing – using their social media accounts to search for content and interviewees – if they are too far away to cover an event or cannot be physically present.

Staff cuts, especially in the regions, also mean there are fewer reporters who can cover events outside of Metro Manila. The shutdown of regional ABS-CBN stations over a House decision to deny the broadcast giant a franchise in 2020 has contributed to the lack of coverage, not only of political rallies but other important issues as well.

The media play an important role in the elections, as the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines pointed out in a September 2021 report by ABS-CBN report.

John Groch of the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Section recalled that in the 2020 US polls, there had been “efforts to provide correct and transparent information” which “helped [stabilize]”the American democratic system. – Kristine Joy Patag

This story is part of the Philippine Fact-check Incubator, an initiative of Internews to strengthen the fact-checking capacity of news agencies in the Philippines and encourage participation in global fact-checking efforts

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