NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Now it can be told: two of America’s vanguards of truth and fairness — TIME magazine and The New York Times — were hacked by still unknown elements.
This revelation came days after both media outlets ran pieces on the alleged extra-judicial killings under the Philippines’ Duterte administration. Both were critical of President Duterte’s war on drugs and painted an entire nation reeling from widespread lawlessness and fear.
TIME’s cover story depicted armageddon in the Philippines when nightfall arrives. The NYT piece was a video interview of a Senate hearing witness who claimed to be a member of the so-called Davao Death Squad under then Mayor Duterte. (The witness’ testimony has in recent days been crumbling under cross-examination by Philippine senators.)
The news organizations claimed that their “stories” were not written or produced by them. Rather, they said that someone somewhere hacked their computer systems and published/posted the embarrassingly one-sided and factless pieces.
“If it truly came from us, we would have presented both sides of the story in accordance with our commitment to objectivity, truth and fairness.
“This is so not like TIME or New York Times,” they said.