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Siphoning Political Livestreams: It’s A Post-Truth Thing

[Dedicated to Ralph Domingo]

LAST WEDNESDAY, the Senate probe on purveying fake news was a newsworthy story for the digitally savvy millenials in the toughest political age.

Mocha Uson in the Senate

Mocha Uson was grilled before the Senate last Wednesday for proliferating and purveying fake news.

In the said hearing, the senators, especially Nancy Binay, grilled Presidential Communications Office Assistance Secretary Mocha Uson and RJ Nieto (the webmaster of Thinking Pinoy) for proliferating disinformation and degrading opposition politicians while serving in their respective government positions. Other personalities present were Atty. Abigail Valte (the deputy spokesperson of predecessor Noynoy Aquino) and few representatives from the legitimate media.

The next hearing over the said topic will be announced later.

Being a legislative hearing of interest, livestreams from media outlets will definitely be the part of the drill. Anyone connected from social media will notify you real-time.

For its diehard supporters, it was an opportunity to siphon such sources and claim it as theirs without proper attribution.

Whenever some are so busy with important things throughout the day but they want to know what really happened to the country, they can simply search on to YouTube and voila!

Its search engine, the terms you input might land on diehard pro-administration YouTube channels than those from legitimate media outlets and that is a serious business.

How to spot a YouTube video from a die hard?

While fake news sites are obstructed through third-party web browser extensions, its YouTube channels, sadly, are not and thus, are definitely shareable in most social media platforms. However, it’s not difficult to spot a YouTube video that was created from a diehard supporter. Here are the five common signs.

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A screenshot of the famous Senate hearing last Wednesday. Look at Rappler’s (a verified YouTube channel); compare that to Tawanan at Balita PH or other similar channels.

  • The custom thumbnail abuse. This feature is one of the primary ways of deception. They take a screenshot, paste it on a graphics software, add some WordArt and it’s all set for publishing.
  • The loudmouth title. Most searches in caps lock (LIKE THIS ONE) in order to provoke and to grab their attention. The titles were usually defending pro-administration officials and shaming the opposition. Adding “PANOORIN” is not necessary but it is a decisive factor for their view count.
  • The consistent description structure. Most of the video descriptions usually follow the same structural formula as with their related uploads. That also includes the lack of any proper attribution.
  • The channel is not verified. A verified YouTube channel are those with a check mark and the prerequisite: they must have at least 100,000 subscribers. Thus, pro-administration channels might not reach that number and consequently, might not be verified.
  • The video content usually includes the titles. They are usually located at the top and/or bottom (in the letterbox format) or lower graphics (intentionally obscuring those from media outlets) rendered from their desktop-based non-linear editing software.

Aren’t they supposed to be prosecuted for infringement or are they exonerated and called it a legal piracy with state-sponsored blessing? This is where BusinessWorld’s article last November drives us now. Whatever they have done was credulous or simply in Filipino, nauto.

The Turf’s Insight

Siphoning off content from legitimate media organizations (such as ANC, GMA, Rappler, Inquirer, CNN Philippines, etc.) is somehow an indirect way of delegitimizing and discrediting its professional journalists in order to pursue their absolutist agenda without any checks and senses of right or wrong and to undermine his political opposition as “enemies of the state” with all their minds, hearts and souls.

Sadly, their eyes that were dictated by hasty generalizations, treated the press, which is considered the fourth estate, at par with terrorists (like the Maute Group) as the “enemy of the state.”

As mentioned last November, the culture of impunity did not just happen the traditional outside of goons, guns and gold but also in the cyberspace with keyboards, trolls and coins. Well, a study in Mexico finally holds true as our country was ranked worst over-all in such terms in their Global Impunity Index report from Universidad De Las Americas.

Think about it. According to Reporters without Borders (RSF), the Philippines is ranked 127th of 180 in the 2017 Press Freedom Index, which is situated at the “difficult situation.”  Given the social media age and the current circumstances, where will our country – that is significantly contributed to the global post-truth era – land in a few years that we asked and deserved?


P.S. For those readers in the United States who happened to have the same sentiment, you’re not alone.


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Timow’s Turf Midyear Report 2017 (Part 3)

WE ARE OFFICIALLY in the midpoint of 2017 and for the past six months, the Philippine media landscape changed faster than anyone could have guessed.

Here on Timow’s Turf, we will focus on the moments that transpired the first half of the year. Welcome to

Welcome to the Turf’s Midyear Report 2017.

If you missed out Parts 1 and 2, click on the following parts before wrapping up to Part 3.

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Timow’s Turf Midyear Report 2017 (Part 2)

WE ARE OFFICIALLY in the midpoint of 2017 and for the past six months, the Philippine media landscape changed faster than anyone could have guessed.

Here on Timow’s Turf, we will focus on the moments that transpired the first half of the year. Welcome to

Welcome to the Turf’s Midyear Report 2017.

If you missed out Part 1, click on the link before continuing to Part 2.

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Mocha’s radio show gets suspended over insult vs. VP Leni

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Mocha Uson faced suspension over her remarks against Vice President Leni Robredo last Sunday on her radio show on DZRH.

REAP what you show, este, sow.

Social media mavens heed this advice to Mocha Uson after her radio-TV program last Sunday (March 18) on DZRH was suspended for her malicious comment against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The 34-year-old entertainer turned apologist-propagandist of President Rodrigo Duterte and recently, an MTRCB board member berated the second highest official — as she does habitually over social media — on her eponymous weekly commentary show.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jozy Acosta-Nisperos, head of the civil society group The Silent Majority — which supported the Roxas-Robredo campaign last year, filed the complaint. The group pointed out in a formal letter that Uson went out of bound of decency.

The correspondence excerpted her red-handed remark:

“’Kasi nga sinungaling ka at fake news ka… Huwag mong araw-arawin ang katangahan mo! Expletive (bleeped out)… Bumili ka ng utak! … Nakakahawa na yang katangahan mo … Sobra lang talagang nakakagalit ang kabobohan ng babae na to…’ ” (You are a liar and a bearer of fake news. Don’t share your stupidity every day! Buy a brain! Your stupidity is infectious. It made me irritated over her stupidity.)

In addition, Uson again attacked the mainstream media as “presstitutes” because they care about “getting paid rather than contributing positively to the country.”

The letter pointed out the 2007 Broadcast Code of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) that Uson is liable for violating certain provisions, particularly Article 2: Analysis and Commentaries.

“Sec. 2. Public affairs programs and commentaries shall be handled only by persons who have thorough knowledge of and practice broadcast ethics.

“Sec. 4. Public affairs programs shall strive to elicit responsible views on public issues, concerns and events from all sectors of society.

Uson’s timing to berate her was in response of her video message on the ‘palit-ulo’ scheme during the running war on drugs that will be presented to the United Nations and in the light of filing an impeachment case against President Duterte by Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano. His case focused on corruption, betrayal of public trust and treason, where the latter has a recent emphasis over Benham Rise in the eastern seaboard of Luzon where he persistently downplay the maritime case to ease ties with its hegemonic claimant and rival, China.

Vice President Robredo, despite her criticism, repeatedly denied the plans to oust him as a form of “destabilization plot.”

That being said, Uson should realize her mistake before she will make the Elizalde ancestors spin in their graves if she does it again. Then, how can we teach her a lesson if she’ll rant over back in her comfort zone to serve her suspension?

As Ymman Jake Biaco thought, it would be humiliated if their owner, Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), and their staff were called out by the KBP (since one of them is in heading the association) and they might impose a heavy sanction over this issue — though not necessarily a revocation of membership.


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Philippine Television in the World of “Posts”

Mocha Uson's membership on MTRCB incited cringe and disgrace over social media.

Mocha Uson’s membership on MTRCB incited cringe and disgrace over social media.

(Requested by Bryan Calvin. If you’re him, please read the italics after the context.)

POST-TRUTH. That was the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year last year and we’re just getting started to live with it.

In post-truth, evidences, grievances, merits and morals no longer matter in shaping up policies and/or selecting people whether big as in a government or small as in a television network. Expect some neologisms ahead that begin with the prefix, post-.

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