Black propaganda is everywhere this campaign season PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 April 2016 14:05

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

In the national political scene, black propaganda, lies and character assassination arer now treated like an ordinary and normal thing. National candidates have all the money to pay for demolition groups whose expertise in concocting lies and destructive gimmicks may one day be considered a way of life in the Philippines. Nazi propagandist Goebbels believes that “when a lie is repeated many times, it becomes the truth”.

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Demolition propagandists are Goebbels disciples and they command a hefty price for their services. They operate on a package, once a price for their services is agreed, the demolition group practically takes care of everything from research, background checks of their target, criminal records if there are any, unpleasant statement from their personal enemies, media exposure in all outlets from radio, television and now the Facebook and the internet and even tampering survey results, making it appear that their target for demolition  is not acceptable to the people. Broadcast news and radio hosts, if they can penetrate, are dictated upon what to broadcast for the public. And mind you, all these services are not for free, every move a demolition group conducts, is paid for, sometimes at an exorbitant price more than the monthly take a cohorts receives, if they are an employee.

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An offer for your services from a demolition group is tempting. Only the highly principled individual will not sell his dignity, but the weak and the sucker, succumbs to temptation and converts himself a Goebbels disciple overnight. It is hard to believe, that even in Zamboanga City, it is happening. The demolition group from Manila has sent their emissaries in Zamboanga City to scout for potential media practitioner, to demolish Davao City’s Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s popularity as a presidentiable, zeroing Duterte’s tactless joke on the rape and murder of a beautiful Australian Missionary.

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Listen to your local early morning broadcast and you will discern the difference and the transformation of your favorite broadcasters. Many broadcasters were neutral on the issue of national politics and candidates at the early stage of the campaign. But, now they viciously dislike a certain candidate with the use of vulgar remarks on the air, in the guise of public sentiments. These are the “trade mark” of a demolition job.

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Table Talk was informed recently that a fellow print media journalist was offered a hefty sum of P30,000 for one news against Rodrigo Duterte for a front page item with prominence but my colleague refused the offer even only for a “one shot deal”. He reasoned out that he is not for sale.The temptation is great and next month election is over, but he confided to Table Talk, how will he face his friends after the election? Win or lose for Duterte, I have a clear conscience as print mediaman.

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Although “honesty is the worst policy” in politics, but, let us not muddle the phenomenon too much, we should have someone who shall stand up for the truth lest our society will sink deeper into the bondage of corruption. Those from the old school is still a better option, “fly high” my friend.

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Scoop: If Actor Robin Padilla, the “bad boy” of Philippine movies can offer his service for free to save our country from the ill effects of corruption through Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, why can’t we from Mindanao that has been neglected for many decades? If Duterte can save our country from the tentacles of bad governance and corruption, perhaps offering our services for free is a noble idea. We see in Duterte as the “Parens Patria” we have been waiting for. Agree or disagree.