Friday, March 03, 2006

‘Journalism, a chancy business’

(This piece elaborates further my comment in Newsstand about an entry titled “Political Stuntism”)

“Journalism . . . is a chancy business” is a smart quip by Philippine Daily Inquirer editorialist John Nery. But depending on who is talking, it may also evoke different meanings.

Let me explain. For media owners, the business of news is business and therefore chancy. For example, a TV news program for which large investments by the owners may have been made could go awry and fail to generate the audience (the product) expected to be sold to the advertisers (the market). That makes a business venture like that “chancy”.

But the risk a professional journalist takes when writing or broadcasting to inform or to tell straight the news story is probably akin to the danger a soldier faces once dispatched to the battlefield or the hazard a professional pilot copes with as soon as his aircraft taxis on the runway. It just comes with territory, so they say.

“We are not part of the powers-that-be” is a wittier remark if, like the first one, is presented to come from “us in the media” rather than the media itself. Again, the individual journalists, like the one who shaved their heads in protest against President Arroyo’s Proclamation 1017, are easily vulnerable to intimidation (in the Philippines, the risk among journalist is statistically higher in the provinces with or without 1017); but certainly not the unsinkable Fourth Estate.

I have expressed similar distinctions before:
Journalists - the brave and principled ones, traditionally - seek out the truth (about the governors) and then try to communicate it to those who are too preoccupied to find the truth themselves. Businessmen, on the other hand, seek profits. When the outfit of journalism and of profit-making is donned by different personalities in the same entity, the result is almost always a tug of war. And whichever of the antagonists has the stronger leverage will determine whether the news enterprise will be timid or aggressive in its role as “purveyor of truth.” That is the state of mass media in general today.
I think what Oscar Wilde has written, while a bit hyperbolic, relates to the point being made here:
But at the present moment it really is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism. In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.
The media “governs” in the way it creates events and frames issues on its own terms. Conditions in our midst that are not considered critical by the media or social problems that affect mainly ordinary people could be passed up for important public debate. Agenda-setting is power, an awe-inspiring one, in fact. Politicians avoid picking a fight with the media precisely because of this power and its capacity to lionize allies and demonize foes.

What’s of graver alarm however is when media power becomes a potent adjunct to other powers already possessed by the powers that be. Do we wonder why, post-martial law, business concerns controlled by some taipans have started to swallow up the ownership of major dailies in the Philippines? In an old commentary, I observed that “As new media owners, they saw the utility of the newly found power to defend their business interests from the government or rival elites while creating public awareness of matters favorable to those interests and ignoring others.” And again, even this is not as harmful as when the public mind is encroached upon in silence, for then there will be no opportunity to shave our heads and wear black armbands in protest. In a regime of liberty, we can challenge the legality of a government fiat like Proclamation 1017 or the presence of a policeman in a newsroom; but when in the name of the same liberty the assault is insidious and surreptitious like in the form of the “tight shots” of the crowd of supporters for FPJ during the presidential campaign that his wife Susan Roces has complained about (presumably to suggest a smaller assembly), often there’s no recourse.

That the “profession (of journalism) has very limited power” is open to debate. But now, do we still doubt the awesome potency of the sound bytes and the power of suggestion?

10 Comments:

Blogger 柯云 said...

2015-12-28keyun
canada goose coats
canada goose outlet
ray ban outlet
hollister clothing
michael kors outlet sale
ralph lauren
coach factory outlet
oakley outlet
ray-ban sunglasses
coach outlet store online
kate spade handbags
uggs on sale
michael kors outlet online
michaek kors outlet
toms
prada
replica rolex watches
instyler
uggs boots for women
ugg clearance outlet
nike air max
michael kors outlet online sale
michael kors outlet
abercrombie & fitch
michael kors outlet online
air max 95
abercrombie
coach outlet store
michael kors handbags
ugg outlet
louis vuitton outlet
coach outlet
fit flops
kobe 8
michael kors outlet online
adidas original trainers
nike trainers sale
air jordans
cheap toms shoes
celine handbags

December 27, 2015 7:48 PM  
Blogger 柯云 said...

2015-12-28keyun
canada goose coats
canada goose outlet
ray ban outlet
hollister clothing
michael kors outlet sale
ralph lauren
coach factory outlet
oakley outlet
ray-ban sunglasses
coach outlet store online
kate spade handbags
uggs on sale
michael kors outlet online
michaek kors outlet
toms
prada
replica rolex watches
instyler
uggs boots for women
ugg clearance outlet
nike air max
michael kors outlet online sale
michael kors outlet
abercrombie & fitch
michael kors outlet online
air max 95
abercrombie
coach outlet store
michael kors handbags
ugg outlet
louis vuitton outlet
coach outlet
fit flops
kobe 8
michael kors outlet online
adidas original trainers
nike trainers sale
air jordans
cheap toms shoes
celine handbags

December 27, 2015 7:55 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

chanel handbags, louis vuitton outlet, replica watches, christian louboutin shoes, burberry handbags, prada handbags, oakley sunglasses wholesale, longchamp outlet, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, uggs on sale, louis vuitton, kate spade outlet, polo outlet, louis vuitton, ugg boots, michael kors outlet online, oakley sunglasses, tiffany and co, tiffany jewelry, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, longchamp outlet, tory burch outlet, christian louboutin uk, uggs outlet, replica watches, nike air max, jordan shoes, gucci handbags, nike free, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet online, polo ralph lauren outlet online, longchamp outlet, ray ban sunglasses, nike outlet, christian louboutin outlet, burberry outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses

January 05, 2016 9:56 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

nike tn, coach outlet, replica handbags, nike roshe run uk, ray ban uk, guess pas cher, nike air max uk, sac hermes, true religion jeans, north face uk, ralph lauren uk, michael kors pas cher, coach outlet store online, converse pas cher, vans pas cher, longchamp pas cher, nike free uk, coach purses, polo lacoste, nike free run, michael kors, abercrombie and fitch uk, michael kors, burberry pas cher, air max, new balance, nike roshe, nike blazer pas cher, nike air max uk, hollister pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, true religion outlet, kate spade, oakley pas cher, true religion outlet, sac longchamp pas cher, north face, true religion outlet, mulberry uk, ray ban pas cher, jordan pas cher, polo ralph lauren, hollister uk, nike air max, lululemon canada, louboutin pas cher, nike air force, michael kors outlet, timberland pas cher, hogan outlet

January 05, 2016 9:57 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

north face outlet, iphone 5s cases, valentino shoes, soccer shoes, timberland boots, beats by dre, babyliss, ralph lauren, ipad cases, nike trainers uk, asics running shoes, nike air max, celine handbags, lululemon, iphone 6s plus cases, new balance shoes, iphone cases, p90x workout, insanity workout, soccer jerseys, vans outlet, iphone 6 cases, chi flat iron, bottega veneta, mac cosmetics, louboutin, wedding dresses, giuseppe zanotti outlet, nfl jerseys, hollister, nike huaraches, jimmy choo outlet, hermes belt, baseball bats, iphone 6s cases, nike roshe run, reebok outlet, hollister clothing, longchamp uk, abercrombie and fitch, mont blanc pens, ghd hair, iphone 6 plus cases, mcm handbags, oakley, ferragamo shoes, north face outlet, s6 case, herve leger, instyler

January 05, 2016 9:58 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

supra shoes, moncler, vans, moncler, thomas sabo, canada goose, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, canada goose, marc jacobs, moncler, doke gabbana, converse, barbour, swarovski, pandora charms, hollister, moncler uk, canada goose outlet, juicy couture outlet, lancel, gucci, ray ban, canada goose, moncler outlet, louis vuitton, links of london, toms shoes, canada goose outlet, swarovski crystal, louis vuitton, converse outlet, ugg, moncler, louis vuitton, karen millen uk, nike air max, wedding dresses, pandora jewelry, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, ugg pas cher, juicy couture outlet, canada goose outlet, doudoune moncler, canada goose jackets, canada goose uk, replica watches, pandora jewelry, montre pas cher, moncler outlet, ugg uk, pandora uk

January 05, 2016 9:59 PM  
Blogger chenlina said...

chenlina20160418
ray ban outlet
coach outlet online
nike air max 90
hollister outlet
michael kors handbags
jordan 11 concord
tory burch outlet
michael kors handbags
jordan 6
authentic louis vuitton handbags
coach outlet store online
coach factorty outlet
nike air force 1
nike air max 90
ray ban sunglasses
abercrombie and fitch new york
michael kors outlet
coach factory outlet
longchamp handbags
gucci outlet
kate spade
supra sneakers
louis vuitton outlet
polo ralph lauren
cheap nfl jerseys
gucci outlet
coach outlet
toms shoes outlet online
air force 1
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors handbags
basketball shoes
tods outlet online
jordans for sale
asics shoes
oakley canada
insanity workout
michael kors outlet online
lebron 13
coach outlet store online
as

April 18, 2016 2:31 AM  
Blogger 柯云 said...

2016-05-23keyun
coach outlet online
jordan retro 13
concords 11
red bottom shoes
coach outlet store
ray ban outlet
cheap basketball shoes
cheap oakley sunglasses
ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton outlet stores
coach outlet store online clearances
louboutin femme
celine bags
ray ban sunglasses
christian louboutin sale
tiffany & co
nfl jerseys
ray ban eyeglasses
air jordan homme
adidas originals store
nike air force 1 shoes
coach factory outlet online
oakley outlet
coach outlet store online
louis vuitton
true religion jeans
ralph lauren outlet
oakley sunglasses
cheap ray ban sunglasses
coach factory outlet
michael kors outlet online
montblanc pens
christian louboutin shoes
louis vuitton bags
michael kors outlet
kids lebron shoes
louis vuitton bags
nfl jerseys
adidas yeezy

May 22, 2016 11:47 PM  
Blogger 柯云 said...

2016-05-23keyun
adidas outlet store
gucci handbags
lebron james shoes 13
cheap oakley sunglasses
ray bans
gucci handbags
kd 8
coach factory outlet
rolex watches
replica rolex watches
ray ban sunglasses
coach outlet clearance
lebron 11
michael kors outlet online
nike roshe shoes
toms
nike outlet store
true religion outlet online
ray ban sunglasses uk
michael kors outlet online sale
gucci outlet online
ray bans
coach outlet
oakley sunglasses wholesale
longchamp outlet
coach outlet online
tory burch flats
coach outlet
nike blazers shoes
ghd hair straighteners
hollister clearance
coach outlet clearance
kate spade handbags
christian louboutin outlet
michael kors outlet online
vans sneakers
kate spade
ray ban outlet
concord 11

May 23, 2016 12:01 AM  
Blogger dong dong23 said...

longchamp handbags
kevin durant shoes
coach factory outlet
jordan 11s
toms shoes
pandora jewelry
louis vuitton
ray ban sunglasses
ray-ban sunglasses
retro jordans
pandora jewelry
ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton handbags
ray ban
kate spade
coach factory outlet
cheap nfl jerseys
designer handbags
louis vuitton outlet stores
celine
ralph lauren polo outlet
louis vuitton outlet
ghd hair straighteners
oakley sunglasses
jordan concords
nike uk
michael kors handbags
celine
nike sb shoes
oakley sunglasses
coach factory outlet
louis vuitton
michael kors handbags
lebron james shoes 12
louis vuitton handbags
coach outlet
louis vuitton outlet
coach outlet online
timberland outlet
kate spade outlet
20167.7wengdongdong

July 07, 2016 3:07 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home