The Irish left (media)
Much of the Irish media is
left-wing in the specific sense that I use
- that they oppose the victory of western front-line states
(like America, Britain and Israel)
against non-western enemies.
For some of the Irish media below,
it's open anti-Americanism.
They hate America and want it to fail.
They are hostile to democracies like Israel,
and romanticise third world
fascist revolutionaries like the Palestinians.
They hate capitalism and long for socialism.
For others below,
it's not so much open anti-Americanism
as just general negativity
- endless carping and criticism of America, Britain and Israel,
the three countries that have leadership or frontier roles
in the defence of western liberal civilization.
believe it is the duty of a journalist
to be slyly cynical and negative
about everything the Western powers do.
There is some merit in this, of course,
but it is not the same thing as a dispassionate search for truth.
In particular, if you feel that actions of Western countries
against non-Western enemies are brave, noble and heroic,
then the media's endless negativity is hard to take.
For anyone who supports the victory of Western values over their Islamist and other opponents,
much of this commentary
tedious, pointless and demoralising to listen to.
It is the criticism of people who don't seem to care,
who don't seem to really want the West to win.
It is the negative criticism of enemies and neutrals,
who wish you ill,
rather than the positive criticism of friends.
The Irish media's lowest moment: The
Irish presidential election, 2011
The Irish media failed to vet the winning candidate
Michael D. Higgins.
"Liberal" used here in the American sense of meaning "left-wing".
now moved to
Sacred Cow Burgers.
See fair use policy.
RTE (separate page)
- The Irish Times
- Sunday Tribune
and Sunday Business Post
- Matt Cooper
- Damien Kiberd
- Diarmuid Doyle
- Marion McKeone
- Eithne Tynan
- The anti-Israel
was European correspondent for the Sunday Tribune.
He worked for Green MEP Patricia McKenna.
He has attempted a "citizen's arrest" of Tony Blair
and of Israel's Foreign Minister,
but oddly not of anyone from a non-democracy.
- Tom McGurk
- Vincent Browne
- The Sunday Business Post
must be the weirdest newspaper in Ireland.
It pulls off the unique feat of managing to be
pro-capitalist and yet anti-American, anti-British and anti-Israeli.
It's like a bunch of lefties who have finally realised
that socialism doesn't work, but don't yet realise
that all their other beliefs are wrong too.
- Sunday Independent
is all left-wing, all pro-republican.
A highbrow version of Phoenix.
Or a left-wing, pro-republican version of Magill.
- Vincent Browne
- Marion McKeone
- Colum McCann
- Chekov Feeney
- Gerry Adams
- Harry Browne
- "International law confers the right to take arms against
Of course Iraqi resistance people have committed terrorist acts,
but so has the United States"
- Harry Browne,
23-29 Dec 2004,
on the satanic
that is fighting to prevent democracy being set up in Iraq,
and cleanse Iraq of the Christians and Shiites.
- Harry Browne, Village, Feb-Mar 2013, on the fanatically violent Palestinians,
who only believe in jihad,
and have never once since 1947 tried peaceful resistance:
"the relevant question about Gaza is not
"how dare they fire those rockets?".
We should ask, instead, what decent or fearful or otherwise-restraining impulse
to use violence as little as they do?"
Village shuts down, Aug 2008.
Not enough Chomskyites in Ireland it seems.
One of its investors,
said he wanted a magazine that was
"uniquely left wing in its editorial stance, because I believe there is a niche for such a magazine",
but that Village turned out to be:
It's hard to please everyone!
Village back up, Nov 2008, with Michael Smith now as editor.
He must think it's different,
but it still seems "suffocatingly Gramsciite" to me.
- Phoenix is all anonymous, and it's all left-wing, all republican,
anti-American and anti-Israel.
To be taken seriously only if you agree with that kind of thing.
- Typical of Phoenix
was their endless portrayal of
Minister for Justice
as a "Nazi".
What an example of "Freudian Projection".
McDowell was of course the principal opponent of
extreme nationalist fascism
and organised crime
While the republicans that Phoenix
is so sympathetic to are the only people in Ireland who
actually supported the Nazis.
- Phoenix, 21 May 2010, had an entire 16 page supplement attacking Israel.
That tells you all you need to know about Phoenix.
- Their anti-Israel supplement carried (without criticism) a highlighted quote from
a representative of the Fatah terrorist organisation
and a highlighted quote from
a representative of the Hamas terrorist organisation.
- Phoenix misquotes me.
- Phoenix attacks Charlie Hebdo magazine.
3 year old
is paralysed by stone-throwing Palestinian racists, March 2013.
, 15 July 2013,
thinks it is important to point out that the child lived in an alleged "illegal"
"acc to that piece"
is apparently short for:
"according to that piece"
The town of Jews that this Irish journalist calls "illegal" is
"Really tasteless to talk about alleged "illegal" Jewish houses when toddler paralysed by racists."
- She does not like the high-tech democracy of Israel, but
Colette Browne, 28 July 2013, has a soft spot for the violent third-world religion of Islam.
She is impressed by Islamic religious loony
who believes atheists are "cattle" who "do not stop and wonder about this world".
calls me "racist", 3 Feb 2014,
because I defend Israel.
This is what lefties do when they can't argue.
The music magazine
also does a line in politics.
Unfortunately, they run a lot of bad politics.
Their main political writer is the
Israel-hating, jihad-defending, Iran-defending, cartoon-opposing
is the dominant political voice at
spreading his poison to their young readers.
He even has his own entire sub-menu under their
from Hot Press writer
Olaf Tyaransen at Ariel Sharon's death, 12 Jan 2014:
"What a piece of human trash."
The left regularly uses such language about their political opponents in western democracies.
It is rare to hear the left use such language about actual terrorists
(such as, in this case, Arafat).
How confident he is of his left-wing view of history.
State radio and TV (RTE)
- And I am forced to pay for it by law.
- There is very little diversity on state radio and TV
Some people are clearly anti-American and anti-west.
Many others are just endlessly negative and critical.
Nobody is clearly pro-west.
Private radio and TV
Obviously you have to be sceptical of the world the Internet has opened up for us
- a world of blogs, foreign media, foreign organisations,
direct access to press statements, original documents
and other raw material.
Otherwise you will start believing 9/11 truthers and Iranian TV.
But the educated Irish reader should not simply accept what RTE and the Irish Times
He should augment it with background reading online.
One of the great wonders of the Internet age is the emergence of sites
attacking the media
The media can be incredibly annoying, even more annoying than politicians.
And if you want relief for your anger and annoyance at the media, you really have to go online.
Some people think it is a sign of right-wing madness
to think RTE and the BBC are
left of centre.
Surely it is obvious, they say, that RTE and the BBC are objective
Right-wingers are bound
to find it "left-wing",
and left-wingers are bound to find it "right-wing".
That's just a sign of its success, they would say.
Consider the following:
- When I had a soft left view of foreign policy, I considered RTE and the BBC
to be objective.
Doesn't that indicate something wrong?
- I suspect you are soft left of centre yourself,
if you think RTE and the BBC are objective.
Am I right?
What you need to do is show me right-wingers who think RTE and the BBC are objective.
Tell me here.
Survey of Americans, Jan 2007
Democrats are far more likely
to think the media is unbiased than Republicans.
Doesn't that more or less prove the media is biased towards the Democrats?
- Leftist Harry Browne
graphs the media, and
thinks RTE is left of centre.
Doesn't that indicate something wrong?
- When it comes to things I still agree with the left on, such as sex and atheism,
I still feel RTE and the BBC are pretty objective.
But I guess that means something really is wrong.
- Or put it this way.
On this page I list newspaper and TV/radio people that I think are left-wing.
On this page
I list newspaper people that are right-wing,
but I am unable to list any TV/radio people.
I cannot think of any TV/radio people in Ireland that are clearly right-wing.
Newspapers, even the left-wing newspapers, are much more diverse than TV/radio.
- I don't actually mind that RTE and the BBC are not objective.
I'm not objective myself. I look on the world a certain way. I spin the news.
Everybody spins the news based on how they look at the world. It's impossible not to.
What I object to is:
(1) the claim that they are objective,
and: (2) that I have to pay for it.
Either make them private and voluntary (in which case they can be as subjective as they like),
or, if taxpayers have to pay for them, make them objective.
- Is it possible to be objective at all?
I think it's impossible for one person to be objective.
But there is a model for how a collective can produce something fairly objective.
Wikipedia to be broadly objective
(neither left nor right).
So I'm not impossible to please. It's not the case that unless something is right-wing
I will consider it left-wing.
I can give you an example of objective
(neither left nor right): Wikipedia.
- How does Wikipedia manage it?
The answer is simple.
Both left-wing and right-wing people are writing.
The right-wing positions are not paraphrased by unsympathetic left-wingers.
They are written in the language the right-wingers would use themselves.
Then the left respond in the language they would use themselves.
The right-wingers also force the inclusion of uncomfortable topics that the left-wingers
(just as the left-wingers force the inclusion of uncomfortable topics the right would avoid).
The lesson for RTE and the Irish Times is that it's not enough to have left-wing journalists
trying to summarise what the strange right-wingers believe.
You have to hire right-wing journalists as well as left, and let them write it in the way
a right-winger would think.
Wikipedia has left-wing and right-wing writers, and the end product sounds objective.
RTE and the Irish Times have only left-wing writers,
and when they try to paraphrase right-wing ideas
they invariably distort them.
Definition of the left:
The left are the people who believe what they read in the papers and see on TV.
US surveys show how Democrats believe in the media, while Republicans and Independents don't.
Interesting how the media were broadly trusted on all sides just after 9/11.
But the Bush-hatred years and the Obama-worship years
have shown Republicans and Independents that much of the media is not to be trusted to tell the whole truth.
The poverty of Irish media
describes the poverty of media in Europe compared to the
diversity of media in the US.
He talks about Norway, but he could be talking about Ireland:
- After discussing the US, he says:
"Nothing remotely approaching this breadth of news and opinion
is available in a country like Norway.
Purportedly to strengthen journalistic diversity
(which, in the ludicrous words of a recent prime minister,
"is too important to be left up to the marketplace"),
Norway's social-democratic government actually subsidizes several
of the country's major newspapers (in addition to running two of its three
broadcast channels and most of its radio); yet the Norwegian media are
(guess what?) almost uniformly social-democratic
- a fact reflected not only in their explicit editorial positions
but also in the slant and selectivity of their international coverage."
- "Most Norwegians are so accustomed to being presented with only one position
on certain events and issues (such as the Iraq War) that they don't even
that there exists an intelligent alternative position."
- Eoghan Harris on the utter failure of the Irish Times and RTE:
A formidable leader of the conservative revolution,
on how the Irish Times and RTE
don't even understand what's going on
A vast democratic revolution
is underway in the Middle East,
led by radical thinkers in the US who are sick of "realpolitik"
and want to spread freedom instead,
and the Irish Times and RTE
are so blinded by their prejudices
that they are missing the whole story.
Why Palestinians are the pet project of the Irish left, 9 Dec 2001.
"As the Americans conclude their triumphant campaign against the Taliban,
you have to admire the resilience of that radical young toff, Sir Montrose D'Olier.
[RTE and the Irish Times]
As a result of dud tips received from his resident guru Robert Fisk,
he has been wrong about three wars in the past 10 years: the Gulf War, the Kosovo War
and the war against the Taliban. And if you took your politics from RTE and the Irish Times
you would have been wrong too."
Comments of mass distraction buried in bodybags of bluster,
on the Iraq War:
- "Both the Irish Times and RTE have been consistently hostile to this
even when it became clear that most Iraqis want to see Saddam gone
... RTE in particular has been so partisan as to be propagandist."
- "This is the 5th war which RTE has read wrong, and for the same set of reasons
- a combination of anti-American
prejudice, a total ignorance of America's advances
in high-tech warfare, and an invincible inability to understand ..
George Bush and the so-called Pentagon hawks"
- "RTE's poor professional reporting ..
arises from its bad politics. Montrose has an anti-American canteen
culture that cuts it off from
a constantly-changing world. Over the past 10 years, RTE has been biased against
American-led interventions in five wars:
the first Gulf War, Bosnia,
Kosovo, Afghanistan and now the Second Gulf War.
But if RTE was wrong in the past, it is much more likely to be wrong in the future."
A snapshot of how Michael D. Higgins got an easy ride and won the election:
Karlin Lillington and
Ian Dempsey and
Graham Linehan and
Rubber Bandits and
Adrian Weckler and
Des Bishop and
Michael D.'s alleged "victory"
debate on Israel against Michael Graham.
I couldn't find any Irish media or entertainment figures on Michael Graham's side.
I must admit I don't read left
-wing Irish blogs much.
Why bother when you get the same analysis on RTE
and in the Irish Times
Whereas the right-wing Irish blogs offer something different
I've stripped down this list a bit, since I realised that
for many of these sites,
would go by without me ever looking at them.
Dormant or extinct:
- Back Seat Drivers
provides intelligent leftie commentary
(apart from Jon Ihle and Jason Ihle,
who provide intelligent non-leftie commentary).
- Free Stater
- FI Fie Foe Fum
- I've no idea who this guy is,
but I thought
was very funny:
"The United Nations represents the noblest ideal which has yet arisen
since modern nations came into being."
- So the idea that dictators should have a vote on what happens in the world,
and we in the democracies should "obey" them,
is "the noblest ideal which has yet arisen
since modern nations came into being"!
- I do enjoy it when relentlessly negative cynics like this guy
finally take a break from telling you what they are against
(America, Britain, Israel, neo-cons, etc.)
and make the error of telling you what they are for.
- Myers Watch
- The Midnight Court (later site vanished)
- This guy complained to a third party on
Twitter that I listed him as "left-wing", which I defined broadly as
"opponents of western power and western victory".
I replied to him, saying:
"If that's not you, send me link to your past support for US victory over Iraqi jihad."
But he just became abusive, telling me not to "pollute" his Twitter stream.
Some people are just too narrow-minded to debate their opponents.
- Socialism or Barbarism!
(Aren't they the same thing?)
Wow, Twitter is fun.
I used to include
on my list of left-wing blogs.
Then I forgot what the hell it was, and stripped down the list a bit.
Its owner, John Byrne
now a journalist,
is still excited that I noticed him, even though he is gone from my site.
Maria Doyle Kennedy
and she publicly dismisses me, 14 Aug 2012.
I love it. Thanks John!
The super hot actress and singer
Maria Doyle Kennedy saying I'm great would be a thrill.
But Maria Doyle Kennedy saying I'm crap is a thrill too!
(In fairness, she never read me. She's just taking the word of John Byrne.)
I sometimes wonder if Irish lefties have thought about their ideas for 5 minutes.
Here is a guy called
who is arguing against people pointing out that capitalism makes countries richer.
He says wealth doesn't matter, all that matters is inequality.
"So absolute equality is utopia then?"
"Nope, it's unachievable and probably not desirable."
That Bill Gates should have the same wealth as a layabout who spends his life
watching daytime TV and drinking
is only "probably" not desirable!
- My criticism must have hit a nerve since
- The Cedar Lounge Revolution
- This is an extreme left group blog started by
"WorldByStorm" (who also uses the handle "Donal Mac an Eala", but that is not his real name).
He was a member of the extreme
pro-Soviet, pro-North Korea,
- The Cedar Lounge Revolution
posts without criticism a
New Years Message
from the Communist Party of Ireland, 30 December 2011.
- The Cedar Lounge Revolution
- The Cedar Lounge Revolution
Cuban dictatorship propaganda, Aug 2012.
- The Cedar Lounge Revolution
notices me, 2 Jan 2013.
- Naturally they and their commenters are hostile. I would expect nothing else.
If you are pro-Israel, anti-jihad and anti-communist,
you are hardly going to be hanging out at the
Cedar Lounge Revolution!
- Interestingly, "WorldbyStorm" attempts no defence of the Cedar Lounge Revolution.
He merely points out that they have posted material from other appalling groups:
"Truth is we’re much much worse than that, having posted up
...statements from the WP, CPI, SF, IRSP, ORM, éírígí, SP, PBPA, ULA ...
And expressed sympathy for many, most or all of those formations."
- Well yes, that was my point.
- The comments are a bit more interesting:
- One chap is excited by me linking to the left-wing, anti-Israel
Irish Political Review.
But that was not to agree with them, but merely to establish the dates when
Seamus Martin was in the Workers Party.
- The same guy thinks it ridiculous to complain that
V for Vendetta
does not feature Islamists as the baddies.
And yet consider
the amazing juxtaposition.
V showed the hero bombing the Tube in London. It was filmed in June 2005.
In July 2005, the very next month, Islamists bombed the Tube for real.
Doesn't that make V's
concerns about "British fascists"
seem so dated and 1980s?
V is a movie that looks like it is avoiding the issue.
- Michael Carley
has the most interesting comments.
- He says it is absurd to complain that the villains in Good Night and Good Luck were
"should it have been remade with McCarthy as an agent of Stalin?"
No, but can we see a film where agents of Stalin are the bad guys,
and the anti-communists who expose them are the good guys?
Or is Joe McCarthy
the only acceptable bad guy to Hollywood?
- I'm not sure what Carley's point about
W. T. Cosgrave
If he means that 1916-23 figures should be banned totally from
my list of greatest Irish people,
I am sympathetic.
I do not approve of W.T.'s violent rising in 1916,
but in some ways he saved Ireland in 1922.
Hence his place.
He is an amazing global example of a revolutionary leader who does not lead to tyranny and democide.
The opposite of Castro, Lenin, Trotsky, Ataturk or Mugabe.
- Carley usefully points out that I may over-praise
because there were wars during the
long peace of 1815-1914.
There was the 3 month
the 2 month
and the far more serious 9 month
This is true, and I will modify what I say, but Castlereagh
still helped bring in a long
century of relative peace.
The generation that ended that peace in 1914 are a disgrace,
perhaps the worst generation in history.
If only Castlereagh's long peace could have continued.
I carry on arguing with the Cedar Lounge lefties for some time (5 Jan to 18 Jan 2013).
"WorldbyStorm" complains that I say no
pro-Israel, anti-jihad or anti-communist person
would be on their site.
Yet it is noticeable that no such person ever turns up in the debate.
(Apart from people who followed me there.)
- The end of the debate is perfect.
"RosencrantzisDead", who is not, I think, even a Muslim,
goes to bat for the depraved ideology of Islamism,
and says anyone who hates Islamism is a bigot.
And then "WorldbyStorm" declares that future comments by non-lefties will be "moderated".
after complaining that I called them anti-Israel, the CLR put up this post, 24 Jan 2013!
See NGO Monitor on the
On sites like
lefties may be forced to encounter dissenting opinion from horrid right-wingers.
So Political World provides a useful function,
as a "safe space"
where lefties are safe from
hearing any right-wing thought.
- Political World
- Its tedious left-wing atmosphere is apparent when you look at its
- Ludicrous attack on Israel:
Israel has ceded the mantle of modernity to the Arab Spring, Kevin Barrington, Political World, May 2011.
He comically says:
"The Arab Spring has thrown on a spotlight on the Jewish State’s backwardness."
Let me know when there are gay pride parades in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria.
Tell me the dates of those events here, Kevin.
- His words drip with contempt for Israel, which he claims is "a religious state".
Of course it is
the only secular liberal democracy
in the region.
In the comments this nut describes Israel as
"a medieval style theocracy".
Political World thread on me, created 2 Jan 2013.
Alas it is entirely content-free.
Mere abuse is not argument.
- At various times in 2013, the thread flared up again, but no new argument is attempted.
"Saoirse go Deo" (Moderator)
"fluffybiscuits" (Senior Member)
call for me to be sacked and
my site shut down.
- In calling for action to suppress my speech, one even says:
"I'm not for censorship or anything like that but ..."
- Censorship and sacking instead of debate.
Says it all about Political World.
Says it all about the Irish left, perhaps,
and why they never debate the right.
celebrates the death of Thatcher, Apr 2013.
I notice that
of Political World,
who wants me sacked or disciplined for speech,
had the above morally-depraved response to
the Woolwich jihad attack in May 2013:
"Could the attack on the soldier tonight be seen as an expression of fight back against imperialism and invading forces?"
- Typical leftie hypocrisy:
"fluffybiscuits", Jan 2015, pretends to be an enemy of the ideology practised by Saudi Arabia.
While defending exactly the same sort of people as the Saudis in Woolwich.
And attacking Israel's struggle against exactly the same ideology.
The "Media Bite" site is interesting because it shows the view of the
from the intelligent but extreme left.
- Media Bite
by David Manning
and Miriam Cotton
- Trying to get even more left-wing bias in the Irish media!
- Check out their links
to know where they're coming from.
- Interview with Fintan O'Toole.
- The Media Bite lefties complain about the sole, token, once a week,
right-wing column in the Irish Times,
a tiny balance to 6 days a week of left-wing opinion columns, leaders,
and left-wing news reporting.
They want it 100 percent left!
Media Bite says:
"writers such as Charles Krauthammer represent a massive right wing shift compared broadly speaking to the rest of the paper.
Why would he exist in the Irish Times?
And the same with Mark Steyn before and to a lesser extent Kevin Myers, who has a sort of humour value."
Note that both Steyn and Myers have been dumped,
but Media Bite are still complaining about them!
- O'Toole, Assistant Editor at The Irish Times,
defends his paper
as exposing their readers to these awful ideas simply because they are influential.
But he too would be happy if the paper was 100 percent left:
"Personally I wouldn't mourn the loss of Charles Krauthammer from the Irish Times, though you might miss the display of prejudice, ignorance and bigotry."
- In part 2,
Media Bite describes Iran,
the no.1 state enemy of the West,
a country that is directly engaged in killing American and British troops
and Israeli civilians,
and a country that threatens a genocide of the innocent Jews of Israel,
as "yet another, non-combatant country which has thus far broken no law while
enduring much provocation from the US and the UK."
What planet do these people live on?
- More defence of Iran from Media Bite.
They mock the
brave Israeli strike against the Syrian nuclear program.
Even Ahmadinejad laughing at the execution of gays in Iran
gets a defence from these people!
We must understand it in context, apparently.
And lots of "whataboutery".
- MediaBite defends the Iraqi "resistance":
- It gets even worse!
David Manning of Media Bite
ask for better media treatment for the satanic war criminals
the Iraqi "resistance"!
"I was wondering whether there is a compassionate view of the resistance, or 'insurgency' as it has been dubbed by the occupiers, that needs to be told?"
Even Lara Marlowe's incredibly biased Iraq reporting isn't left-wing enough for him!
- What's incredible is never once
does Manning suggest the Iraqi resistance
try non-violent protest, or even stand for election!
He seems perfectly happy for them to go straight to violence.
Surely violence should be the last resort, not the first?
(Indeed, the only resort here.
The resistance do nothing else.
They even suicide bombed the elections.)
- Manning's sympathy for the
right-wing religious death squads
but he seems like an intelligent guy,
and (I think) is young,
so there's a reasonable chance that
someday he will get sense,
understand the cruelty and tragedy of the human condition a bit better,
and leave this naive Chomskyite view of the world behind.
- MediaBite defends Hamas, Jan 2009:
Miriam Cotton letter, The Irish Examiner, 14th January 2009:
"Hamas have repeatedly sought to enter into genuine negotiation and dialogue - they are not the evil, and essentially racist 'terrorists' of popular caricature."
Apparently Israel is the cause of the terror attacks:
"Israel ... engineered a provocation which they knew Hamas and the Palestinians, strained beyond human endurance, were more than likely to respond to".
- In a follow-up letter of 28th January 2009, she comes close to justifying the Islamic terror:
"Do Palestinians not enjoy a right to self-defence against violently enforced dispossession
from their homes and lands and against punishing blockades?
Why is it one law for the Israelis and another altogether for the Palestinians?"
- A glimpse into the mind of madness:
Miriam Cotton interviews the IPSC fanatic
Raymond Deane, Jan 2009.
Deane complains that the Irish media aren't anti-Israel enough!
- He can't stand pro-Israel voices:
"I don’t understand the Krauthammer phenomenon. Obviously before Krauthammer you had that lunatic Mark Steyn. The Irish Times people feel they have to have some extreme right-wing nutter to balance what they perceive as the “reasonable” views of their other writers ... I don’t read Krauthammer unless I absolutely can't avoid it; I don’t read Kevin Myers – reading these people does my head in."
- Pro-Israel people are "crackpots":
"In this country it's easy to single out the worst: Independent Newspapers. Some people say that we in the IPSC are forever targeting the Irish Times and RTE ... My rationale, perhaps self-seeking because I simply don't want to read the Irish Independent or the Sunday Independent, is that everybody knows that these are just populist right-wing rags, everybody knows that people like Eoghan Harris and Kevin Myers and Ruth Dudley Edwards are contrarian crackpots."
- Well it's easier than trying to refute them!
- He complains that RTE
are pro-Israel! What a loony.
- Of course he
likes Michael Jansen
"On the other hand you have to acknowledge the work of Michael Jansen for whom I have a lot of admiration, and of Lara Marlowe on the occasions when she does write about Palestine although it’s not really her brief. It’s ironic that the only two reliable reporters that the Irish Times have about Palestine are both American women."
- What paper does he buy?
Oh, of course:
"Even the Guardian
– the only Anglophone paper I buy – is really going downhill - it has very little to say about Palestine – even during the US elections it was full of all this triumphalism about Obama".
- One line gives away his naive and ignorant world view:
"RTE is as much a state-controlled TV station as are its equivalents in Egypt or North Korea."
As I say elsewhere, the left are the people who don't understand the non-western world.
Now there's gratitude for you!
died to protect Ireland from Nazi Germany.
And Irish leftie
of Media Bite just sneers at them, 9 Nov 2011.
"The mentality of the English left-wing intelligentsia can be studied in half a dozen weekly and monthly papers. The immediately striking thing about all these papers is their
generally negative, querulous attitude, their complete lack at all times of any constructive suggestion. There is little in them except the irresponsible carping of people who
have never been and never expect to be in a position of power."
- George Orwell,
"England Your England",
The Lion and the Unicorn
The negative, defeatist, hypercritical whining
I hear on my radio, my TV, and in my newspaper
is perfectly described by Orwell.
I really understand
why politicians pay so little attention
to negative whining critics like the above.
"Throughout history, civilizations rise and fall.
They fall for the same reason ...
the lack of will to defend her, a cancer which starts not from the bottom but invariably from the top.
It has always been this way. If you feel you see it happening now, before your very eyes, well
.. you are not alone.
A society unwilling to enforce the laws that civilize it,
that is unable or unwilling to see the advantages of civilization,
a society led by the pampered, the narcissistic and the corrupt,
is not long for this Earth. Our enemies look at us and see precisely these symptoms,
and the symptons are worsening.
One thing they do not see, however - also there. They do not see the Remnant.
They do not see the power and resilience of what the irreplaceable Victor Davis Hanson
has referred to as "the Old Breed."
Nock and Isaiah believed that the purpose of the Remnant was to rebuild a new civilization from the ashes of those destroyed by their own masters. And certainly to date this has always been their main function.
But there is something different -- just perhaps, something fundamentally different this time around. Because today, for the first time in human history, common people can communicate directly with one another. We are no longer dependent on spineless politicians and the jaded masters of the press to color our opinions of the world. For the first time in human history, the Remnant can reach out to each other on these gossamer threads of a world-wide web.
I believe - utterly - that this ability for the common person to communicate with other common people, this internet, will allow us to end-run the cycle of civilization. I believe it in my bones.
My friends, Western Civilization is not on its last legs.
Western Civilization is going to the stars.
Count on it."
- Bill Whittle, May 21, 2007.
The fantastic thing about the modern world
is that we are no longer dependent on the media.
And this may ultimately mean that Iraq will be won where
Vietnam was lost.
when, in any previous war, could one read, whenever one liked,
positive, morale-boosting, optimistic propaganda
by those who wished the troops well?
(I do not use "propaganda" here as a negative word, but rather to describe
writing that is
open and honest about being subjective and partisan.)
One could never read such happy propaganda easily
in Vietnam, the Cold War, or even WW2
or any previous war,
except dull state propaganda written by the civil service.
But now one can everywhere read
optimistic, pro-troops propaganda
written by private individuals for free as a labour of love.
This is something new, that the Internet has enabled, and that old media
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