The Philippine media thrive on conflict. Headlines of national broadsheets stoke the flames of cynicism, resentment and anger toward the Arroyo administration which has been judged by “militant” media to have lost credibility and legitimacy to rule. At the same time, opposition leaders who are no more credible than administration officials are equally criticized if not on the front pages, in the opinion pages. The possible consequences of carrying stories that could undermine investor confidence or encourage political destabilization efforts are among the least of concerns of the local media.
Recommended CitationHofileña, C. F., Journalism values in the Philippine media, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 16, 2005, 49-54.