Saturday, April 10, 2010

Not All Publicity Is Good Publicity

Oscar Wilde reportedly once said (or wrote), "There is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about." I bet, though, that right now the Ateneo de Manila University will gladly trade the former for the latter.

In terms of news reportage, this week has not been good to my alma mater. It began with the Manny Pangilinan graduation speeches brouhaha, a controversy that to date has not been laid to rest since the Ateneo Board of Trustees has yet to decide whether to accept Pangilinan's resignation. And the dust had barely settled when news came next about the alleged Noynoy Aquino psychiatric evaluation. Thank goodness that issue has been exposed for the hoax that it was.

According to the 8 April 2010 statement of Fr. Carmelo "Tito" Caluag, S.J., the bogus psychiatric evaluation first surfaced on a blog that has since been deleted. It appears, though, that politics isn't the only field the blogger (or is it bloggers?) is an amateur at—as of this writing, the whole blog and the specific entry can still be viewed by the curious.

[28 April 2010 Edit]

Okay, there's now a second Noynoy Aquino "psychiatric evaluation" that's being circulated. Good thing Ateneo's Department of Psychology and Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao, S.J., have been quick in denouncing it as yet another hoax.

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