Battle for context: GMA7 and Christopher Lao

News is no longer news if it's out of context

GMA7 News erred big time when it showed Christopher Lao’s pitiful situation on national television showing him angry at the authorities (or people in the neighborhood) for not warning drivers – like him – of the waist-deep flood along Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City. The public then took the news online and  in two days, Christopher Lao became all too famous for being selfish, arrogant, and indignant person blaming other but not himself.

For their part, the Kapuso news team didn’t think the item would be harmful to Mr. Lao.  They took it just as that – news. What they didn’t take into consideration was the online community’s appetite – wrong or not – for things like this that they can just share with others without thinking. What the GMA News team failed to think about is the context of Mr. Lao’s reasoning why he did what he did.

Since 24-Oras took the story to their nightly newscast, they should’ve been fair not just to Mr. Lao but to the public. The public was fed by what the news anchor, Mel Tiangco, said and told the viewers – that Mr. Lao was not apologetic and was even blaming others (the government in particular) but himself. This was GMA News’ context but not Mr. Lao’s. As read in this article, Christopher Lao: GMA7 News Victim, Mr. Lao was rushing to get to his family. The GMA reporter failed to ask that all-important question and concentrated his story in showing Mr. Lao as an angry man and made him to appear unfavorably in the eyes of the public.

Big network companies like GMA 7, ABS-CBN, TV5, and other news channels delivering information should understand the all-important rule and responsibility to be more circumspect in giving their spins on news they deliver – especially if they do not have all the facts. In fact, getting the context of a story should be included in getting the facts right because it’s not fun to be judged nor to be put on the microscope and scrutinized unfairly like what happened to Mr. Lao.


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