While reading some Tweets this afternoon, I noticed a pretty funny one from one of the people I follow, Tania Arpa…
And investigate, I did. I already knew about the Filipino Freethinkers article in question, as it was one of those uber-subtle satires where you had to really double check to determine if it were a joke or not. It’s either that, or the CBCP is so crazy nowadays, that a proposal so outlandish doesn’t seem very unlikely anymore, but that’s beside the point.
What amused me at first was upon checking the Abante article, it was obvious that whoever wrote the article took the satire seriously. It’s an almost excusable mistake, assuming you don’t look at the tags on the original article, which clearly labels it as a satire.
Unfortunately, fridge logic kicked in a few moments later when I realized that, after skimming through the article some more, no credit at all was given to Filipino Freethinkers. The mainstream media has plagiarized a “nameless blogger” yet again!
Given my personal history, I’m extra touchy about plagiarism than most other people, so this glaring omission from Abante made me raise an eyebrow.
Pictured: me. Raising an eyebrow.
Could’ve fooled me as real, unfortunately.
Why didn’t we credit Filipino Freethinkers? Because screw those godless heathens, that’s why!
Here’s a bit of unsolicited advice to you, dear Abante: fire your fact-checkers. Clearly, they’re not doing their job. At all.