Trump, the media and Norman Comiskey

Pat: Trump!

Mick: Touch of wind?

Pat: Eh?

Mick:  I assumed that was a burp.

Pat : No. I said Trump! The US President.

Mick : Ah.

Pat: You hear about his latest wheeze?

Mick: Which is…?

Pat: He’s excluded mainstream media from attending a press briefing in the White House.

Mick: What?!

Pat: Yep. The New York Time, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC and The Guardian – all blocked from attending.

Mick: Presumably their journalists were carriers of malaria and the President didn’t wish to spread the disease.

Pat: Not so, apparently. President Trump doesn’t like the media.

Mick : Really? You astound me.

Pat: Trump says they are the enemies of the people, that they make up stories.

Mick: That’s outrageous. The media are the Fourth Estate. They are the watchdogs of democracy.

Pat: Indeed. Where would we be without the Irish News?

Mick: That’s the newspaper that nationalists read?

Pat: Yes. Or the News Letter.

Mick: That’s the one unionists read?

Pat: Correct. Or the Belfast Telegraph.

Mick: That’s the one that republicans read?

Pat: Um, perhaps. Although the Telegraph tends to take a firm line with republicans.

Mick: And the BBC. That’s media too, isn’t it?

Pat: Yes.

Mick: Famed throughout the world for its even-handedness.

Pat: Exactly. The British Broadcasting Corporation has a proud record of impartiality.

Mick: Even though there were demonstrations outside it during the Scottish independence referendum. And someone told me the Workers’ Party here were protesting outside the BBC in Belfast.

Pat: You’ll always have carpers.

Mick:   Like Noam Chomsky.

Pat: Who’s Norman Comiskey?

Mick: Chomsky. Noam Chomsky. He’s a famous American commentator and intellectual.

Pat: And he’s a carper?

Mick: Hard to tell. He says that “Concentration of ownership of the media is high and increasing. Furthermore, those who occupy managerial positions in the media, or gain status within them as commentators, belong to the same privileged elites, and might be expected to share the perceptions, aspirations, and attitudes of their associates, reflecting their own class interests as well. Journalists entering the system are unlikely to make their way unless they conform to these ideological pressures, “

Pat: Showing off, using big words. Besides,  he was talking about the American media, wasn’t he?

Mick: As far as I know.

Pat: None of that would apply here.

Mick: Not as far as I know. Although I believe Jim Allister was giving out stink about the BBC the other day.

Pat: Another carper.

Mick: You may say that. Jim is a barrister.

Pat. Ah. I meant to say carpet.

Mick: Very wise. What day’s the last big election debate this week?

Pat: Not sure, but it’ll be wonderful.

Mick: And balanced.

Pat: Naturally.

Mick: If you can’t believe the media, who can you believe?

Pat: Norman Comiskey?









10 Responses to Trump, the media and Norman Comiskey

  1. Gearoid February 27, 2017 at 10:09 am #

    Jude, I for one, believe that the main stream media has completely lost it’s way in recent years. So much so that they have actually become part of the problem. Their coverage of such issues as the Scottish Referendum, the Israeli/ Palestine debacle, coverage of the US election shows blatant one-sidedness. In fact it is in their bare faced portrayal of a one sided view that is possibly the most startling factor in all of this. It’s as if they simply don’t even care anymore what anyone thinks of them. This in itself is worrying, it speaks of a confidence in ultimate power. I hate watching the Ten o’ clock news anymore. We sit there getting drip fed lie after blatant lie coated in a thinly disguised ‘story’. Is it just me, I don’t know why, but I don’t fall for it, not one bit.

    • Wolfe tone February 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

      I see Hollywood has finally revealed itself to be an arm of the deep state with its Oscar award to the ‘white helmets’. In case anyone hasn’t been paying attention, this is the fake emergency rescue group affiliated to ISIS/al nusra in Syria. Founded by an ‘ex’ British army intelligence officer(ginger baker/Brian Nelson springs to mind) and funded by Mi6/CIA terrorists and their states. Inbetween acts of terrorism on the people of Syria, this group regularly makes dodgy propaganda footage of alleged rescues of ‘victims of Assad’ in an effort to win the hearts and minds of gullible westerners in order to accept the concept of ‘western intervention’ in Syria. A mighty web they weave………

  2. Colmán February 27, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    This time around I’ll take the media’s word over Trump’s Jude. It’s not the media who want to build walls to stop the progress of man and beast alike on path that has been trodden for thousands of years.

  3. billy February 27, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    when they have the oscars as a headline in front of muslim child grooming gangs prowling the streets tells you all you need about them.

  4. Twinbrook Lad February 27, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    Russians/Syrians in Aleppo= BAD US/British/Iraqi in Mosul = Good

    What’s the difference in their bombs or innocent victims? Watch the news however, and that’s all I see. Its also the new wording and phraseology being employed in the news as the SAS are now ‘military advisers’ to the Iraqi Army when the world knows their fighting at the front line

    See right through it all folks!

  5. Twinbrook Lad February 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    They’re fighting, sorry

  6. Perkin Warbeck February 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    Earlier than most Irish glad rags beloved of Gladys from Greystones , Esteeemed Blogmeister, The Unionist Times showed it had what it takes to produce fake news.

    One has but to point an ET-type knobbly digit in the direction of its dire coverage of Easter 1916. For TUT an event of far more significance happened a week to the day before the risible Rising.

    That happened on April 17 when Major Peter Norman Nissen of 29th Company, Royal Engineers, British Army, designed the hut to which he lent his name. (A long-term, irredeemable loan).

    And just as the Nissen Hut (for it is it!) is a candidate for the Obsolesence Museum, sadly, the same too might be said (sob) of TUT. What with the incremental rise of social media the TUT-tutters of The Unionist Times are being driven mental: sales are dwindling, the news-swindlers are being out-swindled.

    Before, in days of yore, it was a case of :

    -Hark ! Sir Oracle speaks. Let no dog bark !

    But, alas, now no more.

    These days , all the dogs in the streets of Dubln are now barking and tje muffin eaters of the media along with their pet coriges of the press are being more and more muffled.


    Of Liffeside media TUT is the Nissen
    Hut: Gen Maxwell still sends a frisson;
    Brows are corrugated
    By Twitter is tailgated
    Shortly will not have a pot to pissen.

  7. Richard February 27, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    Jude , you had such a good post about ” secrets about WW 1 about Cecil Rhodes etc. ”

    can you please enlighten me where I can find this post on your list

    thank you so much