We were terribly disappointed with the President’s Daily Inquirer’s John Nery for his “constructive criticism” of an expertly written Rappler report about his recent talk at a student media congress in La Salle.
If only for his August 5 column assailing (quite politely) Maria Ressa’s struggling “social news network,” the PDI columnist, a digital immigrant, deserves the fires of hell. He did not write a simple criticism; he blasphemed God’s Gifts to Journalism!
Nery complained about how a certain David Lozada misreported on his 30-minute talk before a captive audience of mostly students. He said he discussed how “globally, print is very much alive,” that “it has a future that will excite the younger generation,” that “it will continue to form a part, even a leading part, of the media mix,” and that “augmented reality (like INQSnap) is transforming print as we know it.”
Yet Rappler, not surprisingly, cherry-picked the quotes that would fit in its prophecy of print media annihilation. Don’t forget that Ressa, a self-appointed expert on the digital platform, had long written the old media’s obituary.
Wrote Nery: “I spoke about turning the page into a screen, about the historical pattern of platforms coexisting side by side, about exciting circulation growth in Asia, about the continuing preference for print… and all David could write about was the slow migration to digital editions.”
That, folks, is the Rappler brand of journalism. Ressa exists in her own reality that claims to promote plurality and tolerance, but actually allows no room for contrary facts and opinion.
Nery’s crime was quite grave. He embraced a reality so far removed from Maria Ressa’s. The result was a flimsy Rappler report that portrayed him as a media doomsayer, selected its own “truths” and got a way with it. Almost.