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Don’t cry foul! UP’s Luis Teodoro tells media to man up amid Duterte’s tirades

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Instead of being up in arms every time President Rodrigo Duterte criticizes certain media organizations as corrupt or biased, journalists should prove they report the news accurately, fairly and independently, said University of the Philippines professor Luis Teodoro.

In his April 7 column for Business World, Teodoro, who teaches journalism at the UP Diliman College of Mass Communication, said the corruption and bias Duterte has talked about do happen in the media industry even if they’re not confined to the President’s favorite targets, ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“Because some of them do distort the facts, are too stupid or malicious to know the difference between fact and opinion, are biased for the rich and powerful, and/or barter their independence for the usual envelope, journalists have to be reminded of the need for accuracy, fairness and autonomy from time to time,” he said.

In recent weeks, Duterte has taken the ABS-CBN and the Inquirer to task for reporting on his alleged undeclared bank account during the campaign season.

He accused the two media outfits of being biased.

For Teodoro, Duterte’s latest tirades against ABS-CBN and the Inquirer should serve as a wake up call for journalists.

“[They] should heed it instead of getting on their high horse and declaring themselves perfection itself, and God’s gift to mankind,” he said.