Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Inquirer.net "report" on SONA glossed over bulk of speech

The Inquirer.net today published the salient points of the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno "P.Noy" Aquino III. The "report" is the top headline of the site's front page today (27th July 2010). What is most notable about this "report" is what is not in it.

Despite many accounts (here is one of them) of P.Noy's spending at least half of the 35 minutes over which he delivered his speech on a litany of unsubstantiated allegations about the previous administration, the Inquirer.net report made hardly any mention of this beyond this snippet:
Mr. Aquino denounced the "revolting" manner that the public coffers were squandered under the Arroyo administration and said that "change can come from our determination to stamp out this extravagance and profligacy."

That's just 32 words out of a total 937 words in the Inquirer.net's "report" which carried the title "We can dream again" and contained sections that focused on the minority portion of the speech devoted to forward-looking "solutions".

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