“Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?” For many people this infamous question immediately brings to mind the period of the 1950s and ’60s in the United States and the wave of anti-communist fear and paranoia which swept the country. Promoted by an influential class of right-wing ideologues in the spheres of… Read More The Green Scare Or The Indo’s Greens Under The Bed Paranoia
“Circle jerk” is a slang term in American English normally defined as a sexual act, sometimes associated with pornography, where several individuals – invariably men – form a circle and masturbate themselves or each other until reaching climax. In recent years it has also come to describe a type of self-congratulatory behaviour or debate amongst a group of people holding like-minded opinions. The phrase… Read More Circle Jerk Journalism From The Sunday Independent
It seems that recent statements by the PSNI in Belfast and the coalition government in Dublin have sent the right-wing denizens of Talbot Street, location of the nominal HQ of Independent News and Media, completely off the deep end as they live up to their reputation as the Fox News of Irish journalism. While the… Read More The Fox News Of Irish Journalism And Politics
The meaning of the English idiom “so-called” is generally given as, “So named; called by such a name, with a very strong connotation that the item is not worthy of that name.” It is typically used as a dismissive turn of phrase, as with contemporary Nazi-apologists when they speak of the “so-called Holocaust”. So you would… Read More The So-Called Irish Press
MediaBite, a website founded in 2007 by David Manning and Miriam Cotton to analyse the intellectually incestuous group-think of Irish journalism, has an excellent interview with Gene Kerrigan, one of the very few left-wing newspaper columnists in Ireland. This point by the Sunday Independent’s token progressive voice is particularly telling: “There’s something I find amusing — the total absence of the right wing… Read More Gene Kerrigan’s MediaBite Interview
Continuing the controversy surrounding the legal tussles over the “bog-standard” mansion of Gorse Hill, situated in the exclusive Dublin suburb of Killiney, comes this specious defence of the denizens of the Golden Circle by former poacher-turned-gamekeeper Eoghan Harris, featured in today’s Sunday Independent: “Let me start by saying there is no love lost between me and the metropolitan media… Read More From Armchair Revolutionary To Armchair Reactionary
So one of the principle figures in the incestuous gang-bang that is modern Irish journalism has handed over the reins to her successor as Anne Harris, current editor of the Sunday Independent newspaper, one-time deputy-editor and second wife of the late Sunday Independent editor Aengus Fanning (father of regular Sunday Independent writers Dion and Evan… Read More The Human Centipede
Apparently Gerry Adams TD, leader of the political party the polls declare the most popular in the country, has issued a death-threat to the editor of the Irish Independent newspaper. At least that is how the more self-entitled sections of the media establishment are framing reports of a speech and blog post he made in recent… Read More Defenders And Defilers Of The Irish State
Just a bit of fun – albeit with a bite ;-)
For the last three decades the national press in Ireland has been dominated by the publications of the Independent News & Media group (INM), a corporation formerly ruled by the controversial businessman Tony O’Reilly (or “Sir Anthony O’Reilly” as his newspapers were allegedly instructed to describe him following his “knighthood” by the British head of state in 2001 for… Read More Tony O’Reilly, Entrepreneur Or Ideologue?
At the start of December last year I wrote a brief post marking the achievement of 400,000 views of An Sionnach Fionn in the two plus years of its existence. I also mentioned one other aspect of this website’s success, the apparent ire of newspaper columnist and former RTÉ producer Eoghan Harris at the online… Read More Does He Mean Us? Yes, He Does
Another weekend, another poll, this time a telephone survey of 1000 voters by Millward Brown on behalf of the Sunday Independent newspaper. I’m always wary of examining polls in newspapers that fail to provide a link to the hard data of the survey and this one is no different. We are relying on the journalists and editors to provide us… Read More Voting Fianna Fáil – Like A Dog Returning To Its Vomit
Something truly strange must have happened in the offices of the Sunday Anglo Independent over the last few days. Why? Because someone has managed to smuggle an article into the newspaper examining a facet of Irish Republican history that isn’t the usual concoction of lies, propaganda and counter-factual fantasies. Unprecedented! “Armed only with a pot of pink chrysanthemums and a walkie-talkie,… Read More The Sunday Independent Has An Article On Irish History – Which Favours The Irish!
The Irish Independent’s pet “historian”, John Paul McCarthy, has written a lengthy article on some of the behind-the-scenes events relating to the 1981 Hunger Strikes documented in the Irish and British government papers released at the start of the year. As always he has his own very personal interpretation of Irish history. “The State Papers for 1981 deal with… Read More Horrible Histories With The Sunday Independent
As many regular readers may know (you are there, aren’t you?) I frequently bang on about the inequities of the “media establishment” in Ireland. In general I pretty much loathe ‘em, the whole right-wing, faux liberal, elitist Anglo shower. Bah! But for those of you who ask, “A Shionnach, but why?”, here, in several easily digestible paragraphs,… Read More Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil – The Irish News Media And The Sam Smyth Scandal
Today’s Sunday Independent newspaper makes for incredible reading. There is one subject and one subject only; Martin McGuinness. And one clear strategy: keeping him out of Áras an Uachtaráin by any means necessary. The vitriol directed towards McGuinness is simply astonishing. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it before, at least outside the pages… Read More The Sunday Independent – The Real Threat To Irish Democracy