Karen Davila has been the subject of bashing on social media after her interview with Malacanang spokesman Salvador Panelo went viral.
In the interview, Davila asked Panelo about the issues surrounding the ABS-CBN franchise renewal and the executives’ role in its delay in Congressional hearing.
While Davila was professional enough not to debate with her interviewee even though it was obvious that she wanted to, trolls attacked her for allegedly being burned by Panelo.
Social media especially Twitter has been cluttered by faceless accounts attacking the ABS-CBN anchor.
Karen Davila's interview with Mr. Panelo really shows how bias she is whenever he answers her questions logically and reasonably, patay malisya lang teh?
— ehe (@kikidyalvme) February 21, 2020
The fact that Karen Davila is trending only shows that people overestimated her. She's just an overrated "journalist". And Panelo just proved that. So no, not everyone is surprised that she asked the dumb questions. Iba ang magaling sa mayabang lang. #YesToABSCBNShutDown
— tinkerbee (@tinkerbeen) February 22, 2020
Jusko, nilamon nang buhay ni Panelo si Karen Davila sa Headstart. 😂 https://t.co/X34hDaL75x
— ThinkingPinoy (@iMthinkingPinoy) February 21, 2020
In his interview with Karen Davila, Spox Panelo mentioned the HUBRIS of ABS-CBN & its owners after they did PRRD wrong during the 2016 elections. They thought they got away with it, too. Alas, the president and the public didn't forget. KARMA trumps hubris.#YESTOABSCBNSHUTDOWN
— Giga Basilio Igurashi (@gigaigurl3001) February 22, 2020
STUBBORN Karen Davila gets her own Medicine with Sec Panelo. You've BURNED yourself Bigtime girl. 🤣🤣🤣
— Alec (@Alec39919442) February 21, 2020
However, one netizen noticed the pattern of the tweets which were indicative of troll farms directed to attack the Kapamilya broadcaster.
Former COMELEC Commissioner Goyo Larazabal also noticed the pattern of attacks on Karen Davila.
— Goyo Y. Larrazabal (@GoyYLarrazabal) February 22, 2020
He also confirmed about troll banking where trolls will silently follow you but will start attacking as soon as there are directives/narratives that they want to push.
Remember when i posted just recently about “troll banking”? Accounts follow you, but remain quiet. Then suddenly the new accounts become all active on your timeline? Pushing a narrative…
Today, we’ve confirmed that. 😎 https://t.co/fVvr6QNXoM
— Goyo Larrazabal #AskGoyo (@GoyYLarrazabal) February 22, 2020
And while attack trolls are all over social media there where also who took Davila’s cudgel saying it was obvious for Panelo to deny everything since he was the mouthpiece of the President.
Also, it was an interview on Panelo wherein he has to answer questions from Karen Davila being the host of the show. Did he answer the questions raised or pinaikot ikot niya lang and not answering it? Then, Davila got burned? Seriously?
— JP #VoteYesToABSCBN (@dumidyeypee) February 22, 2020
— PinoyAkoBlog (@PinoyAkoBlog) February 22, 2020
If you think Karen Davila looked dumb in her interview with Spox. Panelo, then you’re missing the point. It was so convenient for Panelo to use the doctrine of separation of powers as a defense even when the current admin benefited multiple times violating that doctrine.
— JON | #MassTestingNow (@iamjonamio) February 21, 2020
Tengena IQ daw si Panelo over interview with Karen Davila sabi ng mga trolls. Completely forgetting gazillion times the guy lied about everything in about all interviews he’s had. 🤷🏽♂️🤦🏼♂️
— Mac (@macintosh_06) February 21, 2020
Trolls are hounding @iamkarendavila despite her politically neutral posts. I've seen this play out many times.
Can Troll Leaders stop villifying & antagonizing journos for asking the right questions or reacting to your favorite politicians' sound bytes?
HUWAG OA. #PressFreedom
— Francis Baraan IV (@MrFrankBaraan) February 22, 2020
After reading the replies to Karen Davila’s interview (not a debate, mind you), I have come to the conclusion that the reason why DDS remain stupid is because they are afraid to ask questions. For fear of being “burned.”
— Buwayahman (@buwayahman) February 23, 2020
And sadly for trolls, Karen just gave them a cup of coffee.
Wow. Overtime. Sipag ng ops. Good morning ☕️
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) February 22, 2020