- Northern Irish Clergy and Support for Irish Unification
- Inconsistency and Russophobic Bias at the BBC
- RTE’s ‘Rebellion’ – slandering heroes while creating dross
- Is the Orange Order isolated on EasyJet stance?
- High Time Media Moved on from Indulging Pseudo-Controversy Surrounding James McClean and “Poppy Issue”
- White house
- It’s Wednesday…
- Teeth time
Yes, he’s a (distant) relative, but I still say this piece by Daniel Collins is a model of thoroughness and clarity: about the BBC coverage of Russia
Yesterday’s leading BBC News story (which was also the BBC website’s headline story) reported that two British Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons had, earlier that afternoon, been “scrambled to intercept two Russian [Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic] bombers heading towards UK airspace”. It all sounded rather threatening and unnerving for UK residents. To the casual observer, it might even have appeared that imminent disaster had been warded off at the last minute by quick-acting RAF fighters.
The story was duly (or perhaps dutifully) reported by the BBC in accordance with the narrative advanced by the UK’s ministry of defence.
Given the nature of the story’s content…
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I didn’t watch episodes 3 or 4 – 1 and 2 were enough – but maybe some of you did. See if this matches your experience…
‘Rebellion’ episode 4.
Well, it doesn’t get much lower than this.
Patrick Pearse, so as to ensure his own execution, is portrayed in this dreadful travesty of the 1916 Revolution as a man willing to guarantee the execution of his fellow signatories to the Proclamation to achieve that end.
The writer and executive producer of this farcical production, Colin Teevan, deserves to be the subject of public opprobrium and ostracism. This was the final indicator in a series of indicators of his intention to portray Pearse in the worst light possible – as a self-centred and evidently insane psychopath. He laid the groundwork for that in each of the scenes in which Pearse appeared from the first episode to tonight’s.
The truth is that Pearse was a complex man, but an honourable one. He was not driven by ego, but by a desire to enhance the lives of others –…
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An interesting follow-up to the OO-Easyjet unhappiness…
By Sammy McNally
When the Orange Order are finished giving the board of EasyJet a good tongue lashing they may also need to consider popping into Fleet street to give the British press a piece of their mind.
… and they might also need to have a word with the tourist body Visit Belfast.
In commenting on the EasyJet furore in their on-line edition, the Daily Mail stated that (using language somewhat more akin to Sinn Fein)
“Thousands of Pro-British Protestants hold marches every July 12 in the British ruled province to mark a 1690 victory by King William of Orange that sealed Protestant domination, a tradition Catholic Irish nationalists consider provocative”
Clearly no airline can be recommending a ‘cultural’ event which more than 40% of the indigenous population find ‘provocative’ (Without providing the appropriate context).
The Independent stated that:
“In the case of this year’s parades, the disruptions included…
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High Time Media Moved on from Indulging Pseudo-Controversy Surrounding James McClean and “Poppy Issue”
A detailed look at the curious case of James and the Giant Poppy by Daniel Collins (and yes, I am happy to say he’s a relative)
The media don’t half like flogging dead horses. Right on cue, James McClean‘s move to West Bromwich Albion earlier this week prompted talk in the Belfast Telegraph (not for the first time) of his repeated eschewing of the wearing of a political poppy on his various past clubs’ football jerseys around Britain’s celebration of its Remembrance Sunday each year. This was despite the fact we are half a year on (or away from) November, when the reporting of such a trivial item might have been (or be) remotely relevant, whatever about its questionable justification and newsworthiness.
The Belfast Telegraph article’s headline made the claim that West Brom supporters are “split over [their club’s] signing [of] James McClean after [his] poppy stance” and told us, matter-of-factly, that the Derry man, who was popularly voted Wigan Athletic’s “player of the…
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It’s Wednesday (again) and outside, it’s hardly bothered to get fully bright today. Instead we’ve had light and heavy rain, then light rain, then a brief nearly-damp interval. I went for a run/jog (four miles since you ask) during that. It felt almost as pleasant as walking – aware of my body but not painfully so, the way you feel with a brisk walk.
Yesterday was impressive: I met Eoghan Harris in the Westbury Hotel, off Grafton Street in Dublin. He was wearing a black coat, a poppy and what can only be described as a broad black brimmer. He’s had prostate cancer, it came back, he has some sort of cyst – but he looks strong and big and he talks with an energy and exuberance that makes you wonder why he didn’t run the world over the last fifty years….Did I just say that? He’s my exact contemporary. OMG, as they say