Please visit https://inchightower.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/inc-defenders-rally-fremont-california/ on his most comprehensive video presentation of the Fremont, California rally during EVM’s visit on February 13, 2016.
First, let’s go over some of the photos circulating on social media on the Church’s drive to boycott ABS-CBN and in one photo even showing its alleged downfall.
Now the charge hurled against the network is “biased” reporting said to be degrading to the INC – in favor of disgruntled former members.
Anyway, what has the dictionary have to say as to the meaning of “bias”?
- a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion, especially one that is  preconceived or unreasoned…
1. predisposition, preconception, predilection, partiality, proclivity; bent,leaning. Bias, prejudice mean a strong inclination of the mind or a preconceived opinion about something or someone. A bias may be  favorable or unfavorable: bias in favor of or against an idea.“
Based on the foregoing definition that it is  preconceived or unreasoned, let us ask these questions. Was any of the reporting of the network preconceived or unreasoned? Or was it based on actual interviews from both sides? Did the network conclude in any of its investigation and reporting that the INC hierarchy was responsible for ill-doing? Or did the INC again succumb to self-preservation and create its own air of doubt to avoid answering the so many questions of irregularities by involving its members to participate in an exercise that has no relation to religion. Notice the similarities of the EDSA protest against “Separation of Church and State” involving members on issues none of their concern? Remember, the definition of “bias” is clear,  favorable or unfavorable: bias in favor of or against an idea. It works both ways. It may agree with you or it may not. So why do we complain just because we tend to believe that the network’s reporting does not favor us, and keep quiet when all seems well.
If it’s “biased” reporting we’re after, have you ever tried watching newscasts of Eagle-Net 25 on issues of Church irregularities? Have you ever heard even one sentence of any of its anchors or reporters even hinting on Church irregularity? Now, what do you call that? Balanced reporting?
One final word before I end this hullabaloo of a discourse. The boycotters contend that ABS-CBN’s popularity has dropped and is no longer in the ratings. How true? Well, let’s see. As of February 10, 2016, the National TV Ratings Philippines reports –
And from Philstar.com
“TV ratings remain two-cornered fight between ABS, GMA
By Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 3, 2016 – 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines – Broadcast firms ABS-CBN Corp. and GMA Network Inc. both claimed they topped television ratings in the country in January. Citing data from Kantar Media, ABS-CBN said in a statement it got an average audience share of 43 percent from both urban and rural homes, higher than GMA’s 36 percent last month. Kantar Media’s data are gathered from a nationwide panel size of 2,609 urban and rural homes. ABS-CBN said it remained the preferred TV network for the primetime block with its average audience share of 48 percent compared to GMA’s 33 percent.
So once again, the Church is being dragged into a mess none of their concern. By the way, ever wonder who is paying for all these T-shirts, key chains, tarps, etc. and who could be making a killing (profit) from it?