Do some media outfits abuse the freedom of speech?

Does some speech just go too far? Do some media outfits abuse the freedom of speech? Usually not, but sometimes yes. The First Amendment guaranteed us freedom of the press. But what does this mean? It means we have the right to express our opinion, however distasteful it is. However, in reality this freedom isn’t …

Emotional distance in news reporting

In late January this year I watched the news on the Filipino channel about the massacre of the Philippine police commandos. Forty-four members of the Philippine Special Action Force (SAF) were killed and left as many as 250 wounded. The massacre happened after the operation to arrest a notorious al-Qaeda linked terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, …

A rape on campus: What did Rolling Stone do right and what did they do wrong

In its December 2014 issue, Rolling Stone published a story by Sabrina Erdely titled “A Rape on Campus.” The article described an account of a gang rape of a female University of Virginia student by seven members of the UVA chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The woman, named only Jackie by Erdely, said …