The Philippine Daily Inquirer or PDI, the leading broadsheet national newspaper is in the hot seat after they added a satirical Time magazine cover page of President Benigno Aquino with his mouth agape. The picture, however, remained on the paper’s website on Saturday afternoon. Time named Aquino on its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World“, however, he was not among the seven on the list who graced the covers of the magazine’s US and global editions, according to the magazine’s website.
It took the Spin Busters blog site, a blog site dedicated to watch local press issues, for the Philippine Daily Inquirer to correct their web article about President Aquino’s recognition as one of the “1000 Most Influential People in the World” by the Time magazine.
Indeed, this is an epic fail on the part of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. They should have checked the source of the photo intended for publication. Failure to verify photos for publication on print or web is tantamount to reader’s scrutiny about newspaper institution’s accuracy and credibility on delivering news. This is not a first time that the Philippine Daily Inquirer has published inaccurate and offensive photos on cover as last year, they published an offensive photo of defense witness Demetrio Vicente in unflattering poses during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona and captioning a photo where President Aquino shaking his hands with a Muslim woman wearing a burka as a “Security Risk?”.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer should not repeat their epic mistakes of publishing satirical, inaccurate, or offensive photos or captions.