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DFA Sec. Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. believes traditional media platforms are the real news sources

Locsin’s statement came at the heels of plans by the incoming administration’s Press Secretary Trixie Angeles to allow bloggers access to Malacanang briefings.

Outgoing Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr., is firm in his belief that traditional media platforms like print and broadcast are still the best place to consume real news.

In an interview with ANC’s Karmina Constantino on Tuesday, June 7, the outgoing Foreign Affairs Secretary said it is a “pity” that many people nowadays are getting their information from bloggers, which are mostly misinformation.



“It’s a pity because there’s so much am, there’s a lot of misinformation that can be easily corrected if we all return to print and broadcast news.”

“The thing about the printing press and broadcast news is that it allows you a period of no news for you to think and react knowledgeably, instead of a continuous flow of largely misinformation,” he added.

Locsin’s statement came at the heels of plans by the incoming administration’s Press Secretary Trixie Angeles to allow bloggers access to Malacanang briefings.

In a media briefing on June 1, Angeles said that one of the priorities of the PCOO in the incoming administration is the accreditation of bloggers for Palace events.

“We are pushing for the accreditation of bloggers to be invited to some of the briefings, especially those conducted by the President-elect,” Angeles said.

Meanwhile, in his tweet on Friday, June 3, Locsin pointed out, “There is no journalism on social media. News must be in print and on the air to make it so expensive you make sure it is the truth before running or airing it.”

In his follow-up tweet on the same day, he highlighted the stark difference between traditional news sources versus social media bloggers.

He said that social media does not involve the steep price of printing or broadcasting news, includes editors and reporters.

“Press freedom on social media does not involve the steep price of printing or broadcast, editors and reporters on regular pay and is cost-free self-indulgence with one hand—masturbation, I told NSA Jake Sullivan. His family owns a newspaper. “Mine did too and it was seized.”



Before his stint as the country’s DFA Secretary and permanent representative to the United Nations, Locsin Jr. was a renowned journalist. He was also Press Secretary during the Cory Aquino administration.

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