It’s just probably because of our – mediamen’s – over-blown sense of self-importance that in trying to defend ourselves from attempts to gag us such as Nene Pimentel’s right to reply bill we fell into the trap set before us.

Nene starts from fashionable and the seemingly politically correct assumption that media has a fundamental commitment to truth, justice and the democratic way of life and that this commitment imposes on us the heavy burden of being “responsible” in our role as disseminators of news and as outlets of opinions.

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