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 …

Peace Treaty Endangered By Aquino’s Worst Crisis 

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III is facing a political crisis that threatens to ruin his presidency because of his role in a disastrous operation by Philippine police commandos to arrest a notorious al-Qaeda linked terrorist.  "This is Aquino's biggest political crisis," Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Manila-based Institute of Political and Electoral Reform, told …