Sometimes I wonder -- is the news media really out there to present to us the truth, or are they only pushing their own agenda (at least the reporters/editors)? Do they really live up to their slogans "Walang Kinikilang, Serbisyong Totoo Lang" for GMA-7 and ABS-CBN 2's "Panig sa Katotohanan, Panig sa Bayan".
Just take for example, this current debate on the RH Bill...I bumped into an article from the CBCP that the World Health Organization (WHO) in its 2011 International Agency Research on Cancer (IARC) report retains oral contraceptives to be Group 1 carcinogen. But the thing is, I did not hear anything about this relevant news in the primetime news, nor in radio programs from these networks..and definitely, no extensive discussions were made about this news, no interviews made, no poll voting. Nothing! As if they'd want this news kept below the radar. I only saw ABS-CBN article about it on the their website..and that is only when I started searching on it over the Net to verify the news after seeing it by chance at the CBCP site. It is sad not much commentary nor discussion about this important news was made, not from any of the tv networks who claim to be presenting to the public what is FAIR and what is the TRUTH.
If these tv networks really present the complete TRUTH, then they should be mentioning this during discussions about this bill. This RH Bill issue is so hot so as to set aside this important information. And these same media outfit or personalities are the ones shouting their lungs off that we need to have an INFORMED CHOICE. So how come this news is treated with hush-hush? The only thing that we hear from our local media is their subtle, if not obvious, ridicule of the Catholic Church's stand on this issue, their quick judgement of people who are against this bill...Sana nga WALANG KINIKILINGAN, PANIG SA KATOTOHAN ang ating media.
If you want to read the articles on WHO's IARC study on oral contraceptives and its classification as Group 1 carcinogen, please do check out these links:
o From the CBCP news: WHO Agency 2011 Report Retains Pills as Carcinogens
o From the Times Herald in PA
o Complete Report from WHO's Intl. Agency for Research on Cancer Vol. 91, 2007
o From GreenFacts: Excerpts from the WHO Report