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I received an e-mail this week from a LiP reader who mentioned that my article last week didn’t have much information on Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). That was true, but in my defense I submitted my article to Mr. Martin on Saturday morning and we had next to no information about the storm except that it was going to be a big one. Remember, “Paul” only writes about what he has experienced here in the Philippines.

Also what could I have said? That I was safe and sound in Bataan and had not experienced the devastation that my neighbors to the south went through. I could have filled a page with speculation and tragic stories that I’d heard second and third hand. But I’ll leave the exploiting of tragedy to Anderson Cooper on CNN. That he did very well.

Tagalog Buddy

Plus what function did they (The NEWS Media) perform; aside from taking up space and resources that could have been better utilized by bring in relief supplies. How much food and water did his large crew consume? Where did they charge the batteries of all their electronic equipment they brought? Do you note a tad of anger towards the Forth Estate?

There they were all the talking heads in Tacloban sticking their collective noses into the faces of people who had just lost everything and were suffering pain that we will never understand. I rode out Hurricane Hugo (Category Five) in Puerto Rico, and lost material possessions, which I could replace. That was nothing compared to the people in Visayas and BTW I had access to a military flight to Tampa Florida and booked my butt out of there. This BTW can’t be done by the people south of me.

Next the foreign news talking heads spoke heavily of “Looting”, looting my ass, searching for food is what I saw, Unlike New Orleans I saw no one carrying a 50 inch flat screen TV down the road. Plus does anyone believe that the store owner was going to wipe off that cans of sardines and put it on the shelf of his new store when they rebuild? I think that the owner would have told the survivors to help themselves to what little was left.

I was pleased when the Philippine President (Noy-Noy)  chastised the press and the TV people for promulgating mis-information to the world. They were like vultures pouncing down on the devastation trying to make up news, vice accurately reporting the news (There is a vast difference between a journalist and a news reader reading off a teleprompter something that others have written.

I will not include any pictures this week, as then I would be guilty of exploitation also. But I do wish to thank the militaries of the world that responded so quickly to this natural disaster, and all the citizens of our big round ball called Earth for your outpouring of prayers and donations in the aid of people you’ll never meet, but who will never forget your kindness. And to the Filipino People I can only say that once more your strength and perseverance has been demonstrated to all of the rest of us. God bless and protect you!

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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Jim Hannah
Jim Hannah
8 years ago

Sums it up Paul, very nicely!

Thomas Ramberg
Thomas Ramberg
8 years ago

Good Morning Paul! It is very good of you to apologize. One thing that you forgot to mention in your apology is how people could have avoided this storm by buying some carbon credits from Al Gore. I have been seeing all of these pledges for relief aid by various countries. People are applauding them wildly. What is not known is that some of these countries never deliver on the pleges thus turning them into empty promises. I really have a low regard for the media since they seem to have changed the rules of responsible journalism. The keyword undisclosed… Read more »

PETA Mike
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

We got the bubble-headed bleach-blonde who comes on at five
She can tell you about the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
It’s interesting when people die, give us dirty laundry

Don Henley tried to warn us, now we have Piers Morgan and Martin Brashir. And everyone else on MSNBC!

jade
jade
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Anderson Cooper should stick to his privileged, cloystered ‘wine bar” life in Manhattan. He is a media voyeur, not a news reporter.

corey
corey
8 years ago

double edged sword thing Paul. Without media no one gives a hoot about this event and in about a week more max, no will care about this event! hindsight is 50/50. The reporters did what they were supposed to, bring to light the good bad and ugly. No one is going to donate zilch if that woman Anderson interviewed hadn’t lost her husband and her six kids. I tell myself that is the problem right there SIX KIDS and living in a grass hut.Okay donate now but this better be a freaking wake up call to the Politicians here. This… Read more »

loren pogue
loren pogue
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Like

corey
corey
8 years ago
Reply to  loren pogue

I didn’t see it as exploitation only dramatizing the fact. People I think need to relate to the tragedy to open their wallets. And Paul it is what it is and we don’t live in the Disneyland world of the 50’s and 60’s anymore where you and I could have a wonderful childhood riding our bikes, walking to the park, whatever and and not needing to have a GPS attached to our bodies. Now kids are exploited through molestation, kidnapping and they have lost something that we had that was great. This is the World we have today. Live with… Read more »

Terrence Michalski
Terrence Michalski
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

CONCUR.

Hey Joe
8 years ago

Paul< Reporting on such tragedy as was experienced in Leyte is just not your area of of talent. You are the Lewis Grizzard, Or Pat Mc Manis of LIP. we all look forward to those humorous Monday morning Post of yours so if some criticizes you for not reporting the dark side of life just tell them "That' not my job Man" You bring the lighter side of life in the Philippines!

loren pogue
loren pogue
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

That sickened me also — Cooper sucks

corey
corey
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

The fact remains HE GOT THE PHONE!!! and HE GOT TO SPEAK TO HIS RELATIVE!!! end of story.. Without Cooper that would not have happened. Paul I would bet money that most whites would be using whatever resources they could to get out of Tacloban including cutting on line in front of a Filipino with nothing. I see it everyday.

corey
corey
8 years ago
Reply to  corey

I think this is actually more of a debate or difference of opinion between those of conservative standing vs. liberal. or the liberal news vs. the conservative.CNN vs. FOX.It’s a no win so I will not try to analyze this discussion any longer as it could go on forever.

John Reyes
8 years ago
Reply to  corey

You mean MSNBC vs. Fox. CNN is more of Center, but has a discernable tilt to the Left..

corey
corey
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Lost my internet until just now. No apologies necessary. Actually I am no fan of Cooper or anyone in the media. I actually prefer Al jeezera for news. And you are correct they are all companies with pure ratings and profit motive and people clamor for this type of hype. I am glad to be away from all this through living here in the Philippines. More peace and quiet here without news. Funny how as of yesterday I have not seen a single international broadcast of Yolanda. Like it never happened.

Bubba
Bubba
8 years ago

Paul the media are slime balls these days for the reasons you say….but….no one would notice if it were not for the slime doing this. Vultures expose some of the ugliness at the expense of others. but being that I am here in the states right now. trust me it has worked to a great extent to spur on the charity. It also shined on big bright light on the Philippines that the world has seen. in other words could not miss it. The politicians of the Philippines are no different than the politicians of the rest of the world.… Read more »

GaryM
GaryM
8 years ago

I honestly believe that CNN covered the aftermath of this tragedy a heck of a lot better then the local news. It seemed ABS-CBN and GMA were just promoting what they were doing. They seemed to be getting out to remote villages when the government relief organizations were not. Do you honestly believe that the Philippines response to this was handled correctly? I know that I don’t, but hen again I am only relying on what I see on the news and read on the internet.

Pita Mike
Pita Mike
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

I understand what you’re saying Paul, Sometimes the media goes too far. I don’t believe that by Anderson Cooper allowing a victim of this tragic storm to use his cellphone is exploitive. As long as they report TRUTHFULLY, I have no problem. If the gentleman wanted to be silent, he could have opted out of the interview. His choice. That small gesture of handing over his phone, was most likely the best that man could hope for, by calling kampamilya. Could have been done off camera, but the image and story could help raise awareness and support to the victims… Read more »

Darin Collins
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

In the immortal words of Fletcher, ” There’s another old saying, senator. Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s rainin”. Here’s the link too http://youtu.be/kfdpcrOgUp4?t=11s It seems the media will report on a tragedy for so long, until they have managed to make the people dread turning on the TV in fear of hearing about more unverifiable information about any tragedy. The media should not take sides but report the information to the people. But everything seems to be biased. The media can make the public love or hate a political leader and never give any factual evidence… Read more »

Bubba
Bubba
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Gald you found yer beer. I am a helpful bastard

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