Ibinahagi ng mamamahayag na si CJ Hirro ng Eagle Broadcasting News ang kanyang tingin sa isang post kung saan ay tila pinagkukumpara ang mga reporter at blogger pagdating sa pagpunta sa mga lugar na nasalanta ng kalamidad.
Matatandaan na kumalat sa social media ang isang quote mula kay Lian Buan kung saan ay sinabi nito na sa oras ng kalamidad ay mga mamamahayag parin at hindi mga blogger ang hahanapin ng mga tao.
“I’ve said this over and over again — you prefer vloggers and influencers now for your so-called unbiased content, but on our worst days as a nation, it’s the journalists who will show up. Remember that.” ani Buan.
Sa kanyang post, sinabi ni Hirro na binabayaran silang mga mamamahayag para pumunta sa lugar ng kalamidad at hindi rin maaring magkaroon ng ‘bias’ ang mga reporter kung ang kanilang ibabalita ay tungkol lamang sa sama ng panahon.
“Let’s just be honest here. Journalists are assigned beats. They’re paid to report. Except for some, they would not go out chasing storms by themselves for the love of reporting, or for the love of country.” ani Hirro.
Ibang usapan na diumano kung ang magiging paksa ng mga mamamahayag ay tungkol sa politika.
“People trust journalists less when it comes to political stories primarily because of the paid nature of the job. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s a job after all. But unlike vloggers/bloggers, journalists are expected to not have bias. Show even a little bias, you lose credibility, you lose your audience.” aniya.
“Second, because of the nature of the subject: politics. There’s so much room for personal biases and interpretations. Remember how some journalists showed dismay over Marcos’ win during their coverage of the election? Some of them even made side comments on air. Heck even media outfits were at war with each other over narratives! Because that’s what politics does. It divides. People see that. People sense that. They’re not stupid.” sabi niya pa.
Sinabi pa ni Hirro na hindi naman porket hindi na lumalabas ang mga blogger pagdating sa kalamidad ay hindi na dapat sila tangkilikin ng mga netizens dahil nagbabahagi parin naman sila ng mga impormasyon.
“They still share relevant information sourced from the same local government units and government agencies as the journalists. Except vloggers/bloggers can share anything anytime because they’re not limited by beat assignments, broadcast schedules, and broadcast/post protocols. To discredit what they’re doing is like discrediting the proactive netizens helping provide updates and pictures too for everyone’s consumption. They share requests for help. They help bridge the information gap for better government and citizen response. We’re all doing something to keep everyone informed.” sabi pa niya.
Hindi rin diumano siya nasasaktan sa pamamayagpag ng mga vloggers/bloggers sa social media.
“This is not the time to divide the people. Actually, just stop doing that already. It’s disgusting. Ang buhay ng Pilipino ay hindi aangat kung sila ay pilit pinagwawatak-watak.” pahayag niya pa.
Sa ngayon ay umabot na sa 1.6k shares at 5.2k reaction ang nasabing post ni Hirro.