Now that the tide of anti-Malu Fernandez sentiments is ebbing, out come the blog posters/blog commenters/journalists who are (pick one):
- obviously defending her just because they belong to the same newspaper
- censuring her for her writing style but at the same time defending the principle of “freedom of speech” which, they maintain, is her right as a journalist
- avoiding the issue altogether by calling on people to instead “look at yourselves first before criticizing Malu”
Ok. Great. Let’s take a look at each then.
To those belonging to the first category I say, “Yeah Right. Nice Try.”
Of course these people will defend her. Hello? Can anyone say “circle the wagons” three times quickly without stuttering? Let’s not waste time arguing with them because they’re just doing their JOB.
To those in the second category, paki-titigan ng mabuti yung title ng blogpost na ito ha? Bakit… ano ba tingin ninyo sa mga mambabasa — taga-kain na lang ng mga isinusulat ninyo?
And “Freedom of Speech” doesn’t apply to journalists alone. Readers have as much right to demonstrate their indignation and anger as writers have to communicate their bigoted opinions. Is it also the right of publishers to print bigoted opinions in their newspapers? Of course! Especially if the publishers are in total agreement with the bigoted opinions of their writers.
If you ask me, the caveat “the opinion of the author is his/hers alone and does not represent the opinion of this newspaper” is lame. If it’s the personal opinion of the writer, let the writer publish it in his/her personal blog! Why spend a lot of money to help spread that “personal” opinion? “Because people have the right to know so that they can make informed decisions,” you say? Then why rile against those OFWs who decided to vent their anger against Malu Fernandez after they found out about her article?
And then there’s the third category. Sandali… deep breath muna ako.
“Look at myself before criticizing others” kamo? Ok, magawa nga.
(Looks at self. Admiringly at first… pero unti-unting nawawala ang ngiti sa mukha. hehehe…)
Hmmm… I see an imperfect person… a person no different from anyone else in this Earth (give or take a few exceptional people)… a person with frailties common to all mortals…
There… Masaya ka na?
But I STILL think Malu Fernandez is a BIGOTED BITCH.