Category Archives: History

Maria Ressa’s Inconvenient ‘Truths’

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.”

 

Sara Duterte ‘Slams’ Use Of Song ‘Manila’ At Sea Games Opening

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao Bureau) – The online blog site Rappler is reporting that Davao City Sara Duterte has slammed the use of the song ‘Manila’ as background music for the entrance of Filipino athletes during the SEA Games Opening Ceremonies Friday night.

The Presidential daughter said the song does not represent the entire country. Nevermind that his dad swayed to the music as he waived his hand — a la Miss Universe — to greet the Filipino athletes.

We spoke via Skype to Sara and we asked her what song she thought would have been more appropriate.

She sent us this link for her song choice:

Nazi Propagandist Joseph Goebbels’ Estate To Sue Maria Ressa For Plagiarism

BERLIN, Germany (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – Whether testifying in the Senate on the issue of fake news, or delivering an award acceptance speech at Columbia University, one of Maria Ressa’s favorite line is. “A lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”

But that favorite line has gotten the Rappler CEO in big trouble. It now appears that it is not an original quote from Resaa, but a plagiarized one from no less than Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

Goebbels’ estate announced today in Berlin that it is suing Ressa for plagiarism and seeking an undisclosed amount for damages. She could also face imprisonment in a now defunct concentration camp.

”Someone claiming to be a journalist and a recipient of many international awards and honors for her journalistic work should know better by giving credit where credit is due,” the estate told The Adobo Chronicles.

Meanwhile, Time Magazine, Columbia School of Journalism and other international awards bodies are considering stripping Ressa of her awards, honors and citations.

’Plagiarism gives journlism a very bad name, and we won’t tolerate it,” Columbia Journalism School Dean Sheila Coronel said today in New York.