As if the situation in all the typhoon Yolanda-ravaged areas in central Philippines, specifically in the much talked about city of Tacloban in Leyte, are not alarming and daunting enough as reported and broadcasted by all foreign journalists, now comes ABS-CBN’s Rated K host, Korina Sanchez, belying them all.
Well, I say all because if Korina has criticized CNN’s Anderson Cooper for inaccurate reporting on the Tacloban situationer, then she might as well denounce all of them because they were all talking about the same pathetic status of the place.
“People are desperate. People do not have any place for shelter. It’s very difficult for people to get food,” Cooper reported. “It is a very desperate situation, among the most desperate I’ve seen in covering disasters in the last couple of years.”
What is Rated K, anyway, compared to Anderson Cooper 360, a television news show hosted by the trusted American journalist and broadcasted around the world on CNN International?
To put it more bluntly, who is Korina to question Anderson’s reporting integrity, when this is where the famed journalist has made his mark, attaining recognition/distinction in his on-site or on the spot reporting of major news occurrences, such as his extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina that devastated and flooded practically all of New Orleans, the BP oil spill or more known as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the killer Haite earthquake.
The bone of contention of their differences, however, lies in the fact that the American journalist made his news available to all the people in the world standing and describing right from where the tragic event happened, while Korina was in her cozy office.
Through Anderson, CNN was bringing news accurately as it happened so that the international community will be aware of what, indeed, has happened and that how much help was extremely needed. At the same time his reportage was also giving ideas to our national government what has got to be done to ensure that the needs of the helpless people are addressed accordingly.
“Ms Sanchez is welcome to go there and I would urge her to go there. I don’t know if she has but her husband’s the Interior minister. I’m sure he can arrange a flight,” Cooper said, referring to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
So there lies the truth and the reason for Korina’s pique.
While Anderson was being factual and objective in bringing the news to the world from ground zero, Korina was subjective in her criticism and biased in her defense of her politician husband.
Roxas is very much identified with the Aquino administration and, in fact, has been much touted to run for president in 2016 under the banner of the Liberal Party, of which he is the head.
Therefore, any reports of inadequacy, incompetence and dysfunction, not only in delivering immediate relief to the thirsty, hungry, angry and desperate survivors of the super typhoon, but also in the failed governance in preventing lawlessness, does not augur well for Roxas’ presidential ambitions and has to be met with strong denunciation.
Damage control job? You bet.
Thus, Korina’s unprofessional reaction.
Tsk tsk tsk!