Sunday 20 January 2013

Joe BeLittle and RTE

Wasn't it great the way all the rain came on Friday and Saturday morning so that Merrion Square could be dry for the thirty thousand or so gathered for the Rally for Life, and the two hundred pro-choicers squatting on the other side since our "Father who is in heaven, maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust" (Matt 5:45)?

The numbers were such that even RTE and Irish Times couldn't ignore them completely.  But of course what they did instead was give equal coverage to the miniscule pro-choice gathering, including interviewing them.  And then in case that wasn't enough, Joe Little, RTE so called "religious affairs correspondent" was on hound to interpret - which meant him expressing surprise at Catholic bishops being opposed to abortion and then of course this gave him the opportunity to start talking about the Cloyne Report and child abuse. 

Can you imagine if every time RTE did a story which mentioned Germany or a German they introduced it or segued to the Nazis?  "Angela Merkel was in Dublin today for a meeting of the European Council.  Germany of course the country that caused the Second World War and Angela Merkel herself from East Germany where they used to shoot people climbing the Berlin Wall". 

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