In a very rare occasion, Pia Ranada of Rappler, and five other journalists admitted that they have been writing fake news. In fact, they also admitted being bias, and writing news reports without checking the facts first. Incidentally, Ranada and others made the admission in an exclusive interview by Rappler. Watch the video below, from start to end.
The first question was asked to Jason Felipe Villamor Gutierrez, a graduate of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, who formerly writes at The New York Times, and now a foreign correspondent of Al Jazeera. “Have you written fake news?” He replied, “Yes.” Next was Inday Espina-Varona of Rappler and ABS-CBN News. She was asked, “Do you have your own biases?” She replied in Filipino, “Ay, oo. (Oh, yes.)”
For JC Gotinga of Al Jazeera and a former correspondent of CNN Philippines, he asked, “Do you always order extra rice?” He replied, “Yes” with a smile. After him was veteran journalist Ed Lingao, who was asked, “Have you been called intelligent?” He replied, “Yes, many times, by idiots!” Lingao is now a journalist of TV5.
On the other hand, Pia Ranada of Rappler was asked if she likes being called as SPO1 Ranada, and she replied, “Yes.” Photojournalist Ezra Acayan of Reuters and Al Jazeera was asked, “Are you always drunk when you write?” He said, “Yes.” On the second part, they were asked a different set of interesting questions, and all of them said, “Yes.”
Yes, their revelation is shocking. But before you react violently, here is the truth about the video. It is a parody video created by a smart netizen, who we cannot trace. The video was uploaded on Darwin’s Musings Facebook page, saying that the parody video only appeared in his Inbox, and that the original video is copyright under Rappler.
We found the original video on Rappler’s Facebook page entitled “Press Freedom Part 1”, uploaded last Maundy Thursday, March 29. The video shows Pia Ranada and the 5 journalists being asked questions related to their jobs, such as the threats they have been receiving. They were also asked to what can stop them from nothing. All of them said, “Nothing.”
Happy April Fool’s Day!