The Irish Times
has long been a quality newspaper in Ireland,
in terms of in-depth coverage.
While its editorials and opinion are slanted to the left,
and it spins the news to the left,
it used to, under
Conor Brady and Geraldine Kennedy (1986-2011),
have a tradition of providing some non-left-wing voices.
Unfortunately, this tradition has recently been abandoned.
All of the centre-right voices are gone.
surveys letters to the Irish Times after the
Gaza flotilla clash of 31 May 2010.
It is hard for a young person growing up in Ireland
to realise that the Israelis are the good guys.
It takes a lot of independent thought and standing against the crowd,
often including one's own parents and teachers.
notes three typical references to "neo-cons"
in one short period in The Irish Times
in 2005, by
Fintan O'Toole, Anthony Glavin and Eddie Holt
- three men who show no sign of ever actually understanding
what neo-cons are.
To them, "neo-con" is simply "evil",
their understanding seeming to come from
Chomskyite fantasy like
The Power of Nightmares
and other third-hand sources.
They, like the rest of the Irish left, show no sign of ever having read
Victor Davis Hanson
to see what they say.
I wouldn't mind so much if Fintan O'Toole and Eddie Holt read
Victor Davis Hanson
and then told us what was wrong with him.
But they never even engage with him.
Holt will criticise irrelevant people like
who nobody is interested in.
Why doesn't he read serious, influential neo-cons like
Victor Davis Hanson
and then reply?
As Richard Waghorne says in the post above:
"The consistent problem is a refusal
.. to engage with neo-conservativism as a philosophy".
Neo-cons, in one line, are people who
want to end all dictatorships on earth, by force if necessary.
It's a very appealing philosophy to me,
far more appealing than the left-wing alternative.
Now you can argue that it is naive, or impossible,
or will involve too much war,
or will make things worse,
or is not our problem,
or is cultural imperialism,
or that third world people don't want democracy and human rights.
But at least then you're engaging with
what neo-conservativism actually is.
That's all I ask of the left
and of people like
Read the neo-conservatives
and tell us why they are wrong.
I regularly read your nonsense, as this post proves.
Why don't you return the favour and read our side
and tell us why it is wrong?
Why I love blogs and the Internet:
So over breakfast I read some rubbish about America
by the novelist
Colum McCann in the
in Mar 2006.
It makes me mad that anyone could write such nonsense.
Waghorne brilliantly notes that McCann is slagging off American soldiers at Shannon,
and putting words in their mouth, but:
"It's noticeable that
McCann doesn't bother to actually ask the soldiers what they think."
A typical Irish Times story:
Iraq war veteran preparing for death, Simon Carswell, 30 Mar 2013.
Lavish coverage of a disabled Iraq veteran who is dealing with his terrible injuries by
believing that his mission was pointless, and now plans to commit suicide.
Has the Irish Times ever covered the story of an Afghanistan or Iraq vet who fought bravely
and thought the mission was noble and honourable?
Tell me here.
The letters page:
My favourite Tony Allwright letter to the Irish Times,
that they did not publish:
James Hyde states that "many thousands of us (the people)
keep making it clear we are against our Government's support of America's war in Iraq".
No doubt this is true, but is it not a sad indictment on such people?"
This hilariously biased CNN report on talk radio, Oct 2009,
reminds me of the patronising way
the Irish Times often
spins the news.
Instead of wondering why people prefer talk radio to CNN
(or blogs to the Irish Times),
they bring on New York psychiatrist
to explain what is wrong with their brains.
(By the way, I did some Googling and discovered to my surprise that Gail Saltz
donor to the Democrats.)
As Greg Gutfeld
says, this report is pure bias:
"CNN Perplexed By Talk Radio ... Now, only CNN could do this with a straight face. According to the network, some say talk radio is "viciously partisan," without of course defining "some," as "people who work at CNN." And so the segment began, with CNN using a shrink to examine the typical listener, as though he belonged to a rare breed of lizard that dines only on feces."
"Am I the only one who is at the point where I simply roll my eyes when I see / hear this crap?
Do those tools really think people are that stupid?"
Irish Times front page, 25 Apr 2018,
says Trump triggers "concerns" that the US will withdraw from the
Iran nuclear deal.
"Concerns". Not "hopes".
A classic example of how newspapers write opinion into the news pages.
Deaglan de Breadun, December 28, 2012, describes Haughey's hostility to Britain
over the Falklands crisis of 1982
as Haughey's "finest hour".
"it could be argued that, for all his well-publicised failings as a political leader, this was, in the Churchillian phrase, Charlie's finest hour."
I don't know which is sadder - that de Breadun thinks standing up for Argentina is
something to be proud of,
or that this is the best thing he can think of to say about Haughey!
was Moscow Correspondent of The Irish Times from 1991
From 1986 to 1991
he was a member of the radical left (and, when he joined, pro-Soviet)
from Irish Political Review:
So he was a man who in his 40s - not as a naive youth - joined a pro-Soviet party.
He - like many Workers Party types - lost his faith in the revolution
and became a mainstream lefty.
Good for him.
But it shows the kind of background and world view Irish Times foreign correspondents come from.
You're not going to get the Reaganite or neo-con message in the Irish Times!
is the latest example of this trend.
As part of his journey from far left to centre left,
in 1992 he was the journalist who
the existence of
the damning 1986 letter
from the Workers Party to the Soviets.
After Trump lost the 2020 election,
Mullally warns about the danger of "fascists" getting elected:
"The countries we're sandwiched between - culturally, geographically, economically - the US and Britain, have shown themselves to be incredibly susceptible to fascistic flavours, and this is not surprising."
She never actually names who the "fascists" are, but one imagines it is Trump, all GOP, all Brexit voters and all Tories.
"Contemporary fascism has emerged from late-stage capitalism saturated in unresolved racism."
An actual sentence in the Irish Times.
"Fascism" = GOP, Tories.
"Late-stage" = Absurd early 20th century Marxist phrase implying capitalism was ending.
Already ludicrous and dated by 1950, imagine using it in 2020!
"Racism" = Everything.
Marxism drains language of its meaning.
Donald Clarke, Irish Times, 29 April 2022, positively reviews an Islamic devotional film
The Lady of Heaven.
This is a pious Islamic film
in which Muhammad and his followers are the good guys.
Following the ancient taboo,
it declines to show Muhammad on screen.
Instead of slagging off a movie following such a strange taboo
(for which many people have been murdered)
Donald Clarke is enthusiastic and positive
Were the readers told about his past?
Or was that something we didn't "need to know"?
Sean Cronin sneers at Reagan's stunning 1984 re-election,
November 3, 1984.
Cronin says (in an echo of the later sneering coverage of George W. Bush in 2004)
that the Americans re-elected him basically because they are stupid.
Cronin was the Irish Times' voice on America for decades.
And now they tell us he was Chief of Staff of the IRA?
"Morning in America",
Reagan's 1984 re-election ad.
Still moving, even today, long after the sneers of Sean Cronin are forgotten.
John McManus has been writing about business for years.
Unfortunately, he has recently started writing about the jihad, and his opinions are absolutely hideous.
John McManus claims that Brussels jihadis slaughter the kuffar because of some "real and tangible grievance":
Is it valid to compare 1916 rebels to Islamic State?
by John McManus, 30 Mar 2016.
"there is a parallel between 1916 and terror attacks on Brussels and Paris.
... Regardless of your view of Pearse, Connolly and the other leaders of 1916,
their executions would not have unlocked something quite so powerful in the Irish unless a real and tangible underlying grievance existed and was not being addressed.
The lesson of 1916 for Britain and Europe is that more attention should be paid to what wrong is going unaddressed
in their Muslim minorities that allows Islamic State terror cells to prosper."
Most of the Irish Times buys into this drivel that there exists some
"root cause" of jihad
other than Islamist doctrine.
John McManus compares a heroic anti-ISIS fighter to ISIS:
Based on having some fun social occasions (which you can have anywhere in the world)
he thinks Syria is alright, and is unfairly demonised.
It is America and Israel that need to change, apparently.
Not (for example) for Syria to grant
to its oppressed people.
No, that would be "simplistic".
He says Jewish and Christian communities live "in relative harmony".
A more realistic look at the
Jews of Syria
says they have been persecuted until there are only 100 of them left.
A more realistic look at the
Christians of Syria
describes them as "a small frightened community".
He refers in those so-familiar leftie sneer quotes to
"the Bush administration's 'global war on terror' ".
Is he really under the delusion that the War on Islamism was just about Bush?
That the struggle against
the global jihad
now that the great Obama is President?
He talks about "peace" and utters not a word about
Syria's support for war against Israel and Lebanon
through Hezbollah and Hamas,
and Syria's support for war against Iraq, America and Britain
through the Iraqi resistance.
Syria and its ally Iran are the two major sponsors of war in the region.
And yet Syria wants "peace".
What a whitewash.
This is an incredible article.
The entire article (though you cannot tell from the bizarre title)
jihad attacks on the West.
attacks on the West happen because: That's what the jihad does. Always has. Always will.
And they have increased because: The jihad thinks it is winning.
But this useless "analyst" thinks the problem is people being mean about Islam.
He attacks anti-Muslim rhetoric, and then says:
"In this climate, we will continue to produce thousands of angry young men. History tells us that conflict is precipitated by austerity, inequality and hatred. Unless we address the complex issues of gun control, male violence, rage and alienation, we will see more and more lone wolf attacks. Now, more than ever is a time for solidarity among all communities, of all faiths and none, to bring an end to the current cycle of hate speech and violence.".
How can one loony leftist pack so many errors into such a short paragraph?
Sceptical to the point of madness about the free countries.
Credulous like a child about the tyrannies.
That's the western left
Tom Clonan, May 2018, calls for sanctions and a boycott of Israel, for some reason or other.
In 2019, I noticed Tom Clonan has blocked me on Twitter.
Maybe for this webpage.
Or maybe for this 2016 tweet.
Or maybe for these
Aug 2013 exchanges.
Either way, a pretty sad response.
A typical headline
from 2014 during the Syrian civil war,
as Assad tortured and killed 100,000 or more.
"an industrial killing machine not seen since the Nazis".
Tom Clonan visited Syria, and understood nothing.
Paul Gillespie, February 21, 2009, reports on
a "press freedom" conference he spoke at in
Dubai in the UAE.
Freedom House says about the
"Citizens of the UAE cannot change their government democratically.
The UAE has never held an election.
Laws prohibit criticism of the government, ruling families, and friendly governments".
We should be delighted this Islamist state is set up, apparently.
"This point was made by Walid Mahmoud Abdelnasser, director general for policy planning and crisis management in the Egyptian foreign ministry
Such hesitation in providing substantial economic support could, he said, "prove to be a self-defeating strategy, as social and economic failures could potentially abort democratic transformation"."
Oh no, the sharia project could fail!
Gillespie seems to almost support
the sharia-based crushing of freedom of speech in these new Islamist states.
Certainly he is very hostile to critics of sharia:
"Nor will these transitions be helped by unsympathetic western attitudes to the boundaries these emerging societies set between freedom of expression and defaming others' religions and beliefs."
He claims that the modern
Islamic state of Turkey
is a tolerant place for Christians:
"The muezzin's call and the Christian bells enjoy an amicable coexistence, signalling no more than simple declarations of faith by .. communities who are free to worship as they choose.
But then this is Turkey, functioning as Ataturk, its architect, intended it to: as a modern, secular state, a shining example to much of the rest of the world".
He describes this butcher of non-Muslims as ahead of western thinkers:
"As in much else, Ataturk was ahead of his time. And his thinking was, and in some instances still is, some distance ahead of many majority Christian nations.
It is to be hoped that the present and all future Turkish administrations will preserve the legacy of Ataturk, by continuing to ensure that all are free to live in peace within its borders."
Luckily, this article is open for comments, and they nail him:
"What is this article? A paid advertisement by the Turkish government?"
"So he banned the fez and changed the script from arabic. He was also a genocidal monster and ethnic cleanser on a vast scale. He made Mussolini or Franco look like social workers. The template he set for Turkey is a monolith of intolerance and ethnic supremacism run by an all powerful deep state apparatus of military, police and big business."
"I have rarely read such egregious, misty eyed nonsense in the Irish Times.
This reads like something produced from behind the Iron Curtain before the collapse of the Soviet Bloc. Fantastic drivel."
Since he is a fan of Ataturk in Turkey,
it is no surprise to see
David Adams, 4 July 2013, come out in defence of Islamist rule in Egypt.
"According to the White House, during a phone call Obama told Morsi that "democracy is about more than just elections".
This made for a nice soundbite, but it isn't true. When it boils down to it, democracy is all about elections."
Rubbish. Why are elections good in the first place?
Who cares if the will of the majority is implemented?
What is that good for?
Adams worships majority rule.
I do not.
If the will of the majority comes into conflict with human rights and civil liberties,
Adams says the former must prevail.
I say the latter must prevail.
Adams says we must support elections, not liberty, in Egypt:
"The temptation is to throw our weight behind the protesters rather than their fundamentalist president.
But we would be wrong to do that.
No matter how much we sympathise with the political objectives of the pro-democracy activists, and oppose the aims of the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi was indeed democratically mandated. It would be hypocritical to support his forced removal."
Hypocritical for you, maybe. Not for me.
You worship elections. I do not.
I worship liberty, and so I celebrate the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood.
A common Irish Times trope is for its writer to visit some repressive tyranny
- like Laos,
- and completely ignore the fact that it is a tyranny.
Irishman's Diary, Paddy Woodworth, 24 Dec 2012, sets a new gold standard for western tourist blindness.
articles on ecology.
Yet he flies abroad almost every Christmas,
merely to escape vulgar consumerism!
"once the first sugary chorus from Wham slurps down the supermarket aisles ("Last Christmas I gave you my heart"), and the Toy Show starts instilling ever more conspicuous consumption in the nation's children, the urge to escape is irresistible."
to escape Christmas.
Laos is a communist one-party tyranny
with no political freedom
and no human rights and no
He does not mention that.
Rather he is delighted at the absence of signs of Christmas:
"no vestige of tinsel, no hint of muzak, and no mad crush of shoppers".
He does not mention
the communist tyranny that is in power in Laos in 2012.
Instead he harks back to attack America, which fought the communists in Laos
but left forty years ago, in
"I crossed the river on a bridge whose pillars consisted of massive unexploded bomb casings. Along with countless others that had exploded all too successfully, they had been delivered to Laos courtesy of the CIA's illegal "Air America" operations".
He spins for the communists:
"Vang Vieng had been a centre of leftist resistance, and its people had suffered accordingly."
Don't you love "leftist resistance" as a euphemism for communist resistance!
There is no recognition that the people have suffered for forty years
because the "leftist resistance" won.
He talks about poverty in Laos,
but never mentions the communist government's total suppression of
Its economy is one of the least free in the world.
It is no mystery why Laos is poor.
It is poor because of communism.
Writing whitewash articles like this does no favours to the people of Laos,
who badly need the political and economic freedom (and vulgar consumerism)
that Woodworth was able to fly home to.
To me (and I am sure to the people of Laos)
vulgar consumerism means freedom.
No one expects the Irish Times to celebrate
the killing of blood-soaked terrorists, but how about just a simple
"America kills leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq".
But no, the headline had to be:
"Fears killing may lead to retaliatory attacks".
But of course.
But the "Irish citizen" is Ireland's no.1 Islamic terror suspect,
widely accused (even by the UN) of links to Al Qaeda.
The article starts by calmly saying he is accused of having
"recruited young Muslims, including Irish-born converts, to fight in Iraq",
as if this is something reasonable, rather than an evil act of war against Britain, America,
Iraqi Christians, Iraqi Kurds, Iraqi Shia,
and moderate Iraqi Sunnis.
He is even linked to the satanic Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Of course whether it was right for MI5 to share with Libya
- and believe Gaddafi's claim that he was fighting Al Qaeda
- is another matter.
"MI5 shares information on Irish totalitarian with Libyan totalitarians"
is perhaps the real headline.
"Fears that" (something good will happen)
Another favourite is when the Irish Times has a headline in effect of the form:
"Fears that" (something good will happen).
"Fears that Arafat near death"
instead of the more rational:
"Hopes that Arafat near death".
This is a nice little way of introducing bias into the regular news pages.
This is genius.
Fort Hood, the worst Islamist terror homeland attack in 7 years,
happens under the watch of their beloved Obama,
and what is the Irish Times editorial about?
It describes the assassination of Hamas leader
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in Jan 2010
as "this act of international terrorism".
How is this in any way ethically different from the capture of
Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in May 1960?
The Irish Times even calls on Israel to extradite suspects to Dubai!
Dubai is a tyranny.
It is ranked as the worst status, "Not Free", by Freedom House.
Does the Irish Times even care?
Ian O'Doherty, February 19, 2010, is baffled by the uproar:
"were they right to do it?
Frankly, I find it hard to understand anyone who doesn't simply shrug their shoulders and realise that it's one fewer terrorist planning murderous attacks on civilians."
Irish Times editorial, 13 June 2011, says that religious fascists who hate Western values should still be allowed into the West.
France bars citizenship to
an Algerian Muslim religious maniac who
does not allow his wife speak without permission, leave home without his consent or a chaperone, or seek a job.
The Irish Times is concerned about
France's "marginalised and stigmatised Muslim minority"
and calls this decision
"a dangerous precedent"
(rather than a hopeful one).
For decades the Irish Times stood against the power of the Catholic church in Ireland.
Now they are in favour of appeasing Muslim religious fundamentalists.
Is it because they are from
a religion their parents don't belong to?
Irish Times editorial, 14 June 2011, treats the re-election of Turkey's Islamist leader Erdogan as a good thing!
About Erdogan's new orientation of Turkey as an enemy of Israel,
they blandly say:
"Regionally, under Erdogan's leadership, Turkey has also become a major player, independent of the Nato consensus, its relationships with Syria, Israel and Iran seen as new crucially important points of leverage."
said that with his victory,
"Gaza, Palestine and al-Quds were also won".
The Irish Times ignores the
Islamist dawn in Turkey
and absurdly says that Erdogan
"has confounded secularist and military fears to create a harmonious model of coexistence between Islam and democracy that is increasingly admired throughout the region as a post-Arab Spring possibility."
Irish Times editorial, 21 Oct 2013, is as naive as a 7 year old child about statements by the thug state of Iran.
"'Closing an unnecessary crisis: Opening new horizons". This title of the presentation given by the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif ... is a promising and hopeful sign that the long stalemate .. on his country's nuclear programme can be overcome.
He set a positive agenda for the talks, which are to continue next month, and appear to have the potential to reach a settlement that would indeed open new horizons for all concerned.
Mr Zarif's honesty and detailed engagement has gone a long way to re-establish hope of a breakthrough."
They would never be so gushing and credulous about the foreign minister of any democracy.
Israeli Ambassador, 5 Nov 2013, sensibly asks:
"How can your Editorial believe so easily a country that has no respect for human rights?"
If the Irish Times was negative about all American Presidents that would be one thing.
But the era of fawning Obama coverage showed that no, they are only negative about Republican Presidents.
The Irish Times
is for Democrat supporters only.
The Irish Times gives you balanced coverage of US politics:
The Irish Times
endorsed Clinton (Democrat) for President in 2016.
The Irish Times
endorsed Biden (Democrat) for President in 2020.
Head to Head: Is George W Bush the worst president in US history?, Irish Times, January 19, 2009.
Arguing the Yes side is .. someone who hates Bush.
Arguing the No side is .. someone who hates Bush.
What a debate!
And that is not to even mention the choice of topic.
Head to Head: Will Obama wreck Bush's achievements in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Wouldn't a headline like this have been more relevant in Jan 2009?
But that would have taken imagination, and thinking outside the centre-left box.
The Jawa Report.
Chart from here.
Don't expect to see this question asked in the Irish Times.
Poll of Americans, July 2014, finds they think Obama is the worst President since WW2,
and Reagan is the best.
I would agree on both counts.
About Obama's useless, issue-dodging speech:
"his address gracefully began his objective
Obama skilfully inserted seven major policy tensions
forceful yet even-handed
an excellent start to reframing relations."
Aren't newspapers meant to be sceptics, "speaking truth to power",
rather than uncritical boosters of the government line?
Alas no. For scepticism about Obama, you need the Internet.
Are you sitting down?
That headline looks like Obama beat some actual opponent, doesn't it?
It looks like Obama was more popular than his critics, doesn't it?
This was a story about
in a Democrat primary!
What a victory for the Democrats!
The Obama visit to Ireland, May 2011, was hardly going to be a time for scepticism. And indeed there was
wall-to-wall Obama love.
Patient, calm with 'character hiding in plain sight', Lara Marlowe, Washington Correspondent, 24 May 2011, analyses President Obama's performance so far.
"Steadiness, confidence, the long term. Calm pragmatism and patience, not the impassioned idealism that many expected. Re-reading The Audacity of Hope, the political treatise Obama wrote as a senator, one is surprised that we are surprised.
But the biggest constraints on Obama are imposed by the system itself, hamstrung by the polarisation he so despises. Partisan politics and checks and balances have made it impossible for him to achieve, for example ..."
Yes I recall her giving the same spin in support of the performance of
George W. Bush against his critics in 2003, after he had toppled Saddam and the Taliban.
I just can't find the URL.
If you can find it, send it to me here.
Carswell refers to
"the Tea Party's ultra conservative values".
Ultra conservative? The Tea Party?
What is he talking about?
Surely the Tea Party
is almost entirely about fiscal restraint.
He quotes some left-wing academic who says:
"They (Tea Party voters) are still there and the Republicans that they elected in very large numbers in 2010 are still there, and that is why politics in Washington DC is still very much in gridlock."
He closes with this, as if this gridlock is a bad thing!
There is no awareness that stopping Obama's agenda might be regarded as a good thing
by millions of voters.
Republicans stopping Obama's agenda = "Gridlock" = Bad thing.
In fact the real story is
"Wesley Clark is now completely mad",
since he is pouring cold water on McCain's decades of
military and security experience,
while supporting Obama, who has
no military and security experience at all!
Hot Air titled this
"How stupid is Wesley Clark?"
This headline difference sums up why I often prefer blogs to the mainstream media.
The blogs always get the real story.
Note in the corner above there actually appears an
by Charles Krauthammer.
The Irish Times, to its credit, has often tried to include a token right-winger,
who is normally hated by their readers,
to balance the mainstream left-wing spin in their news and opinion.
Charles Krauthammer was syndicated for a while.
But he is long gone.
Another headline like the previous.
23 May 2011, at the time of his visit to Ireland, is highly praised. "not since president Kennedy "have we had a president of which we could be as proud"."
Who said this?
Why, the chairman of the Irish branch of Democrats Abroad.
"Democrat praises Democrat President"
was not the headline.
24 Sept 2012:
Romney keeps digging.
"Following a week that appeared to mark a decisive turn against Mitt Romney in the US presidential election it was remarkable to see the Republican contender on Saturday resolutely defending old ground, digging himself further into the hole that he has made for himself."
This is the day after Obama
got completely spanked
in his first debate with Romney.
The Irish Times had lined up a correspondent to hang out ... with Obama supporters.
"It was hard to find anyone with a good word for Romney.
I asked them if the debate had caused any of them to change their views. Not a single person said yes."
What kind of correspondent is this?
She is, as she says herself, an Obama campaign worker!
So no surprise that she was somehow unable to track down any Romney supporters.
Why did the headline hide that "the faithful" were the Democrat faithful?
Why not an accurate headline, like:
"Obama supporters shocked by debate".
Instead of making it sound like it was the average American in "Boone's Tavern".
Why did no one at the paper want to line up the reaction from the Republican faithful?
The Irish Times,
20 Aug 2012, sneers at Romney and Ryan as "Two rich white guys".
When did the Irish Times ever call Kerry and Edwards
"Two rich white guys"?
Never, of course. Because they were Democrats.
Victor Davis Hanson points out,
it is the Obama supporters, not his opponents, who have introduced this unpleasant racial labelling into US politics.
In the tank for Obama!
A Google search for
"irish times" romney
restricted to the last week before the election yields these headlines.
Every single one of them is anti-Romney.
The 2014 mid-terms were a disaster for Obama.
The Republicans gained control of the Senate.
So how did the Irish Times cover it?
With an analysis piece saying:
Republicans didn't win as big as you think they did, 5 Nov 2014.
(The Republicans got the largest Republican majority in the country since 1928.)
John McGuirk says, 5 Nov 2014:
"Imagine a scenario where the GOP got the thumping Obama got last night
and the Irish Times went with "Republicans didn't lose that big"".
The 2016 election
because I broadly agreed with the Irish Times on Donald Trump,
a hideous person and not at all a conservative.
When Trump won, the Irish Times, and the left in general,
hurling endless abuse at Trump.
Now while I do not really disagree, I have one problem:
They said exactly the same about Reagan, Bush, McCain and Romney.
I would like some self-awareness now that they were wrong about those decent men.
Like all of the Irish left, The Irish Times hammers away at Catholicism
and yet treats Islam with kid gloves
The Irish Times is sceptical about everything the Catholic hierarchy says.
But it is credulous about everything Islamic clerics and leaders say.
The Halawa story
showed the Irish Times (and other Irish media) as completely credulous about a story of an Islamic extremist in trouble abroad.
They would never be so devoid of scepticism
about stories of a religious extremist from another religion.
Only Islam gets this treatment.
Typical naivety about Islam and foreign revolutionaries:
Khalid Sallabi, a Libyan imam in Galway,
as supporting the Libyan rebels,
a leading member of whom is his brother
Sheikh Ali Sallabi.
The article reads as if Sheikh Ali Sallabi is a supporter of "freedom" of some sort.
It does not mention that
Ali Sallabi is an Islamist linked to the
Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
and he wants an Islamic state in Libya:
"Islam was the fuel of this revolution .. and it .. has to be part of the constitution."
The Irish Times is redeemed here by the latter link, where on 14 Sept 2011, Mary Fitzgerald does raise hard questions about
the kind of Libya the Sallabis want.
But why didn't these questions occur to Lorna Siggins?
Why aren't journalists sceptical of the claims of dodgy characters to support "freedom"?
The film section interviewed
Mosab Hassan Yousef,
who defected from Hamas to Israel
and converted from Islam to Christianity.
And as a result we get perhaps the most robust language against Islam ever printed in the Irish Times.
Language that would never be tolerated from an Irish person.
"Islamic ideology is an aggressive and dangerous ideology, inspired by Muhammad, the founder of Islam. It's very clear from Islamic texts and from the Qur'an that it is a violent ideology. People who say that it is peaceful, they have no clue. It's a sick religion, born in a sick man's mind."
He talks more sense about Israel than you ever get in the Irish Times:
"How does he feel listening to western Europeans who are sympathetic towards the Palestinian cause? "That's just stupidity," he says. Does he mean ignorance?
"No. No. No. I mean stupidity. When we criticise Israel, we are criticising ourselves. Israelis are no different from people who live in western Europe. Israel is basically an extension of western civilisation and its values.
"Jews and Christians have liberty. They can choose to believe what they believe. They can choose to worship however they want to worship.
"When we use that liberty and choose to identify ourselves with radical movements, with people who live in the darkness,
people who don't believe in the western model, who don't believe in democracy: then we are mistaken.""
How the Irish Times, 14 Sept 2011, p.2, previews a speech by the head of Libya's interim government
promising to enslave Libya under sharia law.
Mustafa Abdul Jalil
was Minister of "Justice"
in Gaddafi's brutal dictatorship.
Now in this speech he says Libya will be
"a state that will have Islamic sharia law as the main basis of legislation".
Brave?? Stirring?? Visionary??
"but will it work?"
Will sharia oppression work? I'm sure it will.
Irish Times: "Leading and Shaping" Public Opinion Against Israel
- CAMERA report, March 31, 2009, on the Irish Times' reporting on Israel.
"Unlike the American school of journalism, the Irish Times considers advocacy journalism perfectly legitimate and acceptable.
The Irish Times has apparently chosen to champion the Palestinian cause and to promote that side's narrative of the Arab-Israeli conflict. However, this advocacy is not limited to Irish Times editorial and opinion pages
It extends to the news pages as well
Readers of the Irish Times should be aware that the newspaper's commitment to advocacy evidently supersedes its commitment to responsible and ethical journalism - certainly not the type of reporting one expects from a media outlet that considers itself " the newspaper of reference".".
The Irish Times, editorial, 26 Jan 2019, wants to boycott "settlers" and "end the occupation".
It wants to deport 0.6 million Jews and destroy their homes and schools and businesses and synagogues.
And this mass deportation of Jews will achieve, um, something.
This is the editorial not an individual opinion piece. Absolutely shameful.
The Irish Times, 29 July 2013, illustrates a story about Israel releasing prisoners as if it is a good thing.
The show us the celebrating family of
"Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years".
They do not tell us why he was held prisoner by Israel for 20 years.
You won't get
"The Story of Why"
To find out why he was held prisoner, you need to go to
full list of released prisoners,
where you find that he is
Abu-Musa Salam Ali Atia (no.103).
In March 1994, to prove himself to Fatah,
he killed without warning a work
colleague, 67-year-old Holocaust survivor
with an axe.
was born in Poland in 1927.
He survived the
extermination camp, where his family was killed,
only to be murdered in old age by anti-semites.
But you don't get this in the Irish Times.
All you get are sick tears for the killer's family.
Outrageous Irish Times headline, 2 Aug 2013.
The incoming Iranian president
says about Israel:
"The Zionist regime is a wound that has sat on the body of the Muslim world for years
and needs to be removed."
Does the Irish Times title the piece:
""Moderate" incoming Iranian president is just like Ahmadinejad"?
No, of course not.
They are committed to the idea that this genocidal Islamist really is a "moderate".
So they title it:
"Israel swiftly at loggerheads with incoming Iranian president".
As if Israel is to blame!
The article declares, as if it is fact, that there is now
"a more pragmatic president in Iran".
Irish Times journalist
has a particular hostility towards Israel.
She is the daughter of anti-Israel radical
and has similar beliefs.
Kitty Holland, 25 Feb 2015, flatly declares that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza in 2014,
as if it is a fact.
challenges her, 25 Feb 2015.
It ends with her declaring:
"Not interacting with Zionists anymore."
The Irish Times editor (from 2011 to 2017),
the man behind the paper's purge of all non-leftist voices,
also refused to debate
and attacked them in 2015 like this:
"I draw the line at dealing with an organization whose website provides a platform for racist, Islamophobic, and sexist material".
Kitty Holland calls the democracy of Israel an "apartheid regime",
6 Dec 2013.
Irish Times journalist
promotes a fake news story about Israel from the fake news Mint Press website, July 2018.
Mint Press have a photo of a sign at a Tel Aviv demo saying "Kill Them All"
and says all these Israelis want genocide.
Kitty Holland promotes that claim.
Here is the
about this demo, which was in Apr 2016.
It was a demo in solidarity with
who shot dead a wounded and subdued terrorist in March 2016.
The sign referred to terrorists not Palestinians
("Too many terrorists in prison" was written on the other side).
And the sign was not welcome at the event and was removed.
Martyn Turner has spent decades attacking Israel
and running spin for the jihad.
Here he is again in the 2014 Gaza war
attacking Israel and the brave IDF
(who lost 66 soldiers killed).
July 16, 2014.
What a one-sided fanatic.
See CiF Watch
Martyn Turner above has Hamas merely "spitting" at Israel.
And lefties often say that
rocket attacks are no big deal, since only modest numbers of Jews are killed.
I reply to a leftie who says rocket attacks are "few".
Apart from being inaccurate
(there have been
11,000 rocket attacks
since Israel left Gaza)
it is a ludicrous argument:
"Why are you angry? Our government hardly ever launches military attacks on your nation."
Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists:
I love debate.
I love ideas.
But the Western left
and their friends the Islamic right
do not return the favour.
Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block.
See Who blocks me on Twitter.
I will debate almost anyone.
Stick to ideas and I will debate you.
But I do have rules.
See Who I block on Twitter.
The Twitter dark age, 2016 to 2022:
I am on Twitter at
Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016.
You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
Twitter became increasingly broken.
It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
arrival of Elon Musk
in 2022, Twitter's dark age of censorship may end.
Let's hope so.