Definitely the 1986 People Power narrative should be junked. But the methods the yellows used to create that narrative and sustain it are worth studying. The yellows have one skill: propaganda/spin doctoring. Maybe GRP writers can write a piece on this, it's like the yellow ecosystem for brainwashing the masses. The ecosystem is made up of:
Example: Ateneo de Manila
How they operate: Since schools, students, and professors are perceived to be neutral, they are used as mouthpieces to promote the yellow agenda. They show up on TV and radio programs as "analysts" or man-on-the-street interviewees, and this is how the yellow media are able to editorialize the news.
2. Survey firms
Examples: SWS, Pulse Asia
How they work: They crank out supposedly independent surveys that are used to project that majority of the Filipinos support the yellow agenda.
3. "Civil society"
Examples: Makati Business Club, Akbayan, Kaya Natin
How they work: They project themselves as independent organizations, but notice they are always toeing the yellow line. They make it seem like they speak for the sectors they represent (i.e. businessmen, farmers, "concerned citizens"), but actually sila-sila lang yan.
4. Foreign interest groups
Examples: US embassy, World Bank, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, foreign media like Time magazine, AFP
How they work: They tap into the colonial mentality of Filipinos who are dazzled by anything "imported" or "international". (I must say, Pinoys are not as gullible as they used to be. Many no longer take what these "international" groups say as gospel truth.) They also give awards and scholarships to yellow journalists to co-opt them and make them appear more credible.
5. Mainstream media
Examples: ABS-CBN, Inquirer, Rappler (to a lesser extent, also GMA News and Philippine Star)
How they work: Yellow media spinning yellow tales peddled as independent news.
Gloria Arroyo did not take the threat of the yellow propaganda machine seriously and suffered for it. Hope Duterte does not make the same mistake. I know, I know. He doesn't want to stoop to the level of these idiots who don't do anything except make noise. But like my lola always said, don't expect people who play dirty to ever play fair. Throw the dirt right back.
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