SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, recently convicted for cyber libel in the Philippines, is thought to be a wordsmith. She is often heard blurting out template lines like “the law is being weaponized” to curtail press freedom, or “a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth,” or her more recent (which was also used as title for a self-serving documentary about her) “Death by a thousand cuts.”
But is she?
Well, it doesn’t take a Facebook fact checker like Rappler or Vera Files to find out that many of her rhetoric are far from originals.
Her ‘thousand cuts’ have been titles of previous films and documentaries, and her ‘lies told a thousand times’ can be traced to Nazi Joseph Goebbels.
Who knows what else in her treasure chest of one-liners have been lifted from previously-published literature or taken out of historical archives?
That’s the inconvenient truth about Time’s Person of the Year, and the vanguard of truth in journalism. Not to mention a “dealer in securities.”