IN a letter to Business World last January 10 ("Who will watch the watchdog?"), Lito Zulueta of the University of Santo Tomas noted "striking resemblances" (sic) between the January 2 CMFR statement ("Specious and disingenuous") and my January 6 Vantage Point column ("Rule makers and rule breakers"), and insinuates intellectual theft, presumably from CMFR, on my part.
was as usual speaking in ignorance, if not malice as well.
As CMFR deputy director and editor of its media monitoring publication PJR Reports, involvements I have many times disclosed, I wrote the January 2 CMFR statement for uploading in the CMFR website, and subsequently developed it for this newspaper into a column.
Unless I can be accused of stealing from myself, Mr. Zulueta's
attempt to divert attention from his
egregious ethical lapses by alleging "intellectual theft" can only be described as pathetic.
makes up the ethical rules of journalism as he
goes along . He
claims, for example, that journalists should disclose their associations only to gatekeepers and not to the public, to whom anyone with a molecule of knowledge of journalism ethics knows they should be even more responsible.
also speculates rather than proves.
The suggestion that it was in furtherance of propaganda for the University of the Philippines
that I wrote the column in question - in his
feeble attempt to turn an ethics issue into a competition between UP and UST
that can happen only in the dreams of juveniles in a state of arrested development - is as absurd as the implication that I stole from myself after 45 years of service to the University of the Philippines
where plagiarism is an offense even more unforgiveable than stupidity.
My links to UP
as a professor of journalism and former dean of the UP College of Mass Communication
are well-known, as Mr. Zulueta
himself noted, which would make my reiteration of those connections unnecessary unless they're compellingly relevant.
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Lito B. Zulueta
Editor, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Journalism teacher, University of Santo Tomas