P-Noy slams media anew for "too much negativism" in coverage of disasters

But he says he’s not affected by the 15-point drop in his approval rating.

Ronald Reyes of Manila Standard Today reports that on Tuesday, December 3, President Benigno Aquino III- during his appearance at the 27th Annual Bulong Pulungan forum Christmas Party at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila-once again accused the media of "too much negativism" in their coverage of recent tragedies, including Typhoon Yolanda and the fighting in Zamboanga City.

 

The report qupted Aquino, who said, "So often, when we read the newspaper, listen to the radio or watch TV, we still get a sense of too much negativism. It's like if we don't create controversy, our media are boring."

 

He added: "The problem with this is we forget the people who are actually doing something to relieve the suffering or anguish of our people. Actually, I've appealed, I've complained. I've given time, for instance, especially to media. And I am sure, between you and I, we can point to so many columnists who have never said anything nice about me. So I've prayed for them also. And I mean that not in jest, I really have prayed for enlightenment for a lot of these people. The message simply is that what you put down affects the lives of people. Are you confident that what you put down helped them?"

 

The report also noted: "Aquino, whose approval rating dropped 15 points in a recent public opinion survey, said he remained unaffected by the decline."

 

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