This “news” tweet may had been a product of manipulation of the media to create a scenario aimed at stirring public opinion.
In my media ethics class before, i had emphasized on “sourcing” the need to: 1.) Ascertain the truth of the source’s assertion; and 2.) Determine if the source is not polluted and beneficial to the information.
The above screengrab from a Twitter account of a journalist has caused me to write this post.
The tweet started the rumor that President Benigno Aquino collapsed hours before this tweet was posted and became the basis of subsequent news stories about the health of the president.
Hence the post is a “news” tweet from a journalist, it was taken seriously by other colleagues in the media and the general public.
Is there anything wrong with the content of the tweet? Yes, it has taken the side of Malacanang through Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Edwin Lacierda. From my point-of-view as a former mass communication instructor and a journalist, the “news” tweet lacks prudence and further investigation.
It was posted in haste to go ahead of competition or it was just a mere desire to share the information without validation.