Arnold Clavio, a GMA-7 broadcaster, has been making headlines among netizens recently not because he’s done something honorable and inspiring.
Clavio is now the subject of scrutiny and flak in news sites, blogs and social networking sites after his alleged rude video interview with Janet Napoles’ legal counsel, Atty. Alfredo Villamor.
Before reading further, it’s helpful for you to check how the live interview went and to get an idea what the latest controversy circulating around the web is really all about.
Another reason is to prevent you from making preemptive judging that this blog is meant to side with Napoles:
Rude TV Host Phone Patch Interview
Note that earlier in the interview by Clavio with Atty. Villamor, the broadcast journalist already has an idea that the Napoles lawyer whom he is interviewing is the handler of Napoles’ serious illegal detention case.
This being the case, there is another lawyer handling the allegation of misuse of Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) by the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles. Hence, Atty. Villamor is automatically not involved in representing Napoles in the Senate for the PDAF case.
Midway during the interview, it’s hard not to notice that Clavio was repeatedly asking Atty. Villamor what his role is relative to the the pork barrel case and his schedule to present in Senate the case about PDAF, which again is not the concern of the legal counsel being interviewed.
Clavio then appeared unable to organize his thoughts well. His chaotic, circuitous line of questions turned the more confusing. For poor Atty. Villamor, he received all of Clavio’s side comments like these:
“Pansira ka ng araw eh” (You spoil/ruin my day)
“Tatawa-tawa ka pa” (You’re even laughing)
“Wala ho akong nakuha sa inyo” (I did not obtain any relevant information from you)
Yes, the interview was part of the very wholesome morning show, Unang Hirit, whereby those words were uttered or thrown on the air live.
Some who noticed the rude interview have posted the video on social networking sites, which made Clavio an instant trending topic on Twitter. The uploaded video was dated November 4, 2013.
This very hour, netizens appear unstoppable and tireless airing reactions with some branding the broadcast journalist as arrogant.
Some commented that the acts and side comments were “very unbecoming”, “rude”, “disgusting” and “unprofessional” for a media professional to do.
A New Estate is Emerging
In this day and age our ours, the media as fourth estate is being tested. Arnold Clavio is part of this estate, which has a very large political and social influence or power.
But Clavio may have to return to the basics, that media men have, first and foremost, a primordial responsibility to the public.
Remember that media people are protected by laws, whose very emergence used the taxpayers’s hard-earned monies. So the media itself has to respect the public’s need to know accurate and fair reporting.
Also it should not be discounted, that a fifth estate is starting to emerge – the public, who are more and more empowered by the modern age technologies like social media platforms.
Over the Internet, netizens can quickly make you popular or notorious based on what you do. And through social networking, many civilians are now beginning to think and ponder on issues. The public can also discern what’s responsible reporting and being arrogantly unprofessional.
Here’s a closure, which is just fitting about the media practices at GMA-7:
Over at Twitter, Arnold Clavio and the hashtag #medyorude are trending as of this writing. Medyo rude or really rude? What do you think?