By Julius D. Mariveles
First of all. What has Mocha Uson really done to upset you?
What has Mocha Uson done that makes her the modern-day equivalent of a witch that must be burned at the stake?
Presuming that all those rumors are true.
Rumor 1, for example, that she blogs naked.
Rumor 2: that she and President Duterte might have a, uhm, special kind of “friendship.”
Rumor 3: that she is so morally loose that she screws men and women, together at times.
Rumor 4: that she is the worst alternative to Philippine journalism, dishing out information without verification, or being so opinionated that a reader can no longer distinguish fact from opinion when reading her blog.
Taken together, all these rumors look like a swirling mix of naked flesh, bare innuendos and burlesque self-righteous tirades that bring to mind bomba films or X-rated movies in the 80s starring George Estregan.
It also demonstrates what I suppose is wrong with our culture – all of us having been weaned on a conservative Roman Catholic faith and nurtured by mainstream media that glorifies anything Western.
It is this curious cultural pinakbet that has bred the confused Filipino – a liberal on weekdays, a conservative on Sundays. We have been taught in catechism classes to respect elders, banish lascivious thoughts from our minds, respect authority, have sex only when married, and be morally upright and condemn those who are not, we readily and giddily embrace and delight at the freedom afforded us by mainstream liberal media.
While a bra-strap or a boob or a piece of thigh showing during Sunday mass will merit scornful looks from the faithful and condemn the “shower” to eternal damnation in hell, near-naked ladies gyrating to the tune of “Trumpets” or “Twerk it Like Miley” boosts the ratings of noontime variety shows of major TV networks.
But more to the point, what has Mocha done wrong that has not been done yet by the dominant media (the precise term to describe the mainstream media, according to Dean Luis Teodoro) in the Philippines?
Simply put, Mocha Uson is being accepted and supported not because she presents the very best of journalistic practice but, perhaps, to my mind, because dominant media failed, and continues to fail us post 1986 when democracy was supposedly restored.
True, mainstream news anchors don’t read their scripts on radio and television naked but aren’t most of them, especially those on television, just like that: newsreaders?
Some of them have not even spent a single day in the field gathering and processing the news, like Ed Murrow or Ed Lingao and other TV greats, but were conferred the status to read the news simply because of their pretty or handsome faces or because that newscaster’s comic delivery of news gains viewers for the network?
Since dominant media got back their freedom in 1986, most of these networks have been busy not with illuminating” the minds of readers, listeners, and viewers but, rather, shoring up their profits.
Case in point: how many investigative and current affairs programs have explained to us issues as simple as dengue? ANS-CBN, for example, that is closely identified with the Aquinos have axed informative shows like The Correspondents but have unleashed on us a deluge of useless soap operas after it found out in the 80s that entertainment, not news, brings in more moolah.
News programs are no longer news programs on television.
These are plain infotainment. So, pray tell me, is Kris Aquino warshwarshing about her new perfume line more informative than Mocha Uson who, by the way, has never had any confession that she got gonorrhea from having sex with a married man?
All the accusations against Mocha Uson seem to have been committed by dominant media, especially the big corporate kind, except for blogging in their birthday suits.
Cozying up with presidents and politicians? Check.
Reporting unverified info? Plagiarizing? Check. Check.
Editorializing the news? You mean Noli de Castro? Mike Enriquez? Arnold Clavio? Check.
So how can dominant media be better than Mocha Uson?
We hate Mocha Uson because dominant media, with all its sappy Christmas jingles and semi-bomba noontime TV shows, have failed us.
We hate Mocha Uson because we hate ourselves that those we trusted failed us. That we trusted in the firs place.
This does not mean, however, that Mocha Uson is the good choice.
It simply means that we have made bad choices in the past. In the end, it should not be a choice between Mocha or mainstream media? Duterte or Roxas? USA or China?
We tend to make choices as if we are in the middle of grocery aisles, trying to pick what toothpaste brand is better.