GMA earns flak over news headline 'blunder'

News provider GMA-7 earned flak from netizens on social media after it allegedly edited a headline about President Benigno Aquino III.

Facebook user Favradio posted a screenshot of the first published headline that read: "PNoy offers $2M to the family of Saudi King Abdullah | Photo."

After a few hours, GMA-7 updated their news by changing the captions/headlines and content, the page posted.

A tipster told that the controversial news item can be found on this web page.

The title now reads: "PNoy offers condolences for Saudi King Abdullah" with the following photo description and snippet:

"President Benigno Aquino III signs a book of condolences for the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Makati City on Tuesday, January 27. King Abdullah, who spent almost a decade on the throne of the world's largest oil exporter, died on January 23 and was replaced by Crown Prince Salman."

In the comments section, readers asked about the first headline.

GMA News' slogan is: "Walang Kinikilingan, Walang Pinoprotektahan, Walang Kasinungalingan, Serbisyong Totoo Lamang (Nothing is Favored, Nothing is Protected, No Lies, True Service Only)."

What angered netizens is not the apparent news blunder, but the alleged act of the president to offer money for the family of the late Saudi King at a time when people were showing overwhelming emotion over the death of the Special Action Force (SAF) commandos and amid the grief of their loved ones.

Hat tip to Pal