The Philippine Daily Inquirer shot itself in the foot when it wrote that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was recording her “first solo album.”
In its website, the Inquirer shared Sara’s Instagram post in which she said she was “recording (her) first solo album.”
Here’s Sara’s original post, which was made at around noon on July 14, 2016:
Soon after, the Inquirer posted the following in its website:
Sara, however, quickly responded with this post, saying it was “a joke”:
Sought for comment, City Information Office (CIO) chief Jefry Tupas said the mayor may have been doing some recording for her product endorsements.
Apparently, the Inquirer violated one of the rules of journalism, which is to verify information first before releasing an article.
It quickly corrected its own story, however, and by 4:09 p.m., the heading already had a question mark at the end, and the story said Sara clarified that it was just a joke:
But by then the damage had already been done. Comments on its own site show people calling out the Inquirer for not verifying information and falling for something that was obviously a joke.