Unable to provide any actual reporting, critics continue to scrape bottom of the barrel with ASEAN handshake jokes for 3rd year in a row

Unable to provide any actual reporting, critics continue to scrape bottom of the barrel with ASEAN handshake jokes for 3rd year in a row

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When will we learn? Correction, when will the critics of the administration learn? Free speech is a wonderful thing in a democracy, but my god I wish the mainstream media actually had something worthwhile to say.

Here’s the front page of the Manila Bulletin, the country’s “leading” newspaper:

And here’s a steaming pile of garbage:

Image from the Strait Times

What do they have in common? Being too busy beating a dead horse to get the actual point of anything.

When can we finally accept that President Duterte is simply not a graceful gazelle when it comes to the interlocking arm ASEAN nation handshake that they do? He hasn’t accepted the delicate art of the multi-person handshake so yes, there is opportunity for opportunistic photographers to capture the moments in between the actual point. This then gives opportunistic and idea-strapped journalists a shiny new “story” out of thin air.

Tell me, Manila Bulletin, could you really not find a shot of the actual handshake they were all getting into post for? Or are you still sipping on that same juice from 2015, you know, the one which cost you the last two national elections?

I don’t know guys. It is 2019, the year of our Lord, and it is time we pick better hills to die on. President Duterte swears, doesn’t mind showing up with a slightly skewed tie, and he’s bad at multi-person two-hand handshakes. Can we find something else to talk about? Are we out of “news”?

No, claiming that the Barettos are a smokescreen for Scarborough shoal crap doesn’t count.




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