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(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)

IRISH BLOG AWARDS 2017 - ooops! It seems that our entry application was "not completed in time to be considered.." (?) and, as such, we are not now in the running. But we wish all the best to the successful entrants and to the organisers, and we hope all goes well for them on the day!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Not 'Terrorist Sympathisers' or 'Dissidents' , but "Protesters" !

The above picture is from the British 'Sunday Times' newspaper , issue dated June 21st , 2009 , and it was used to accompany an article on the on-going political unrest in Iran. The caption on the photograph reads - "Protesters set fires in Tehran yesterday, where a young woman, inset, was filmed dying of gunshot wounds. Far left, a battered and bruised masked man."
When that same newspaper covers stories of political unrest in Ireland in which Irish Republicans are involved , it 'slants' the story and any photographs to suit its own political agenda : an article like the above would be titled something along the lines of 'CLASHES : LAST THROW OF THE DISSIDENTS' and a photograph like the above would be captioned - 'Terrorist sympathisers riot and loot yesterday in Belfast/Dublin/Derry/Kerry etc as a female dissident lies dying , having been injured by her own side . Far left ,a Republican thug got more than he bargained for when he failed to make good his escape , having attacked the security forces'.
The 'Sunday Times' article goes on to highlight how the authorities in Iran are manipulating and 'spinning' reportage of the unrest , and how they are censoring and attempting to censor the output from journalists covering the story. Pot , kettle = sickening hypocrisy from that particular source.
Oscar Wilde stated - "There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism . By giving us the opinion of the uneducated , it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community."
In the case of this and other articles in the 'Sunday Times' , the printed opinion of the journalists in question keeps us in touch with "the ignorance" ('attempted spin') of the"community" they work for - the political 'establishment' .