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First minister calls for the people of N.I to stop reading the Irish News.


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PETER Robinson's extraordinary call for the people of Northern Ireland to "stop reading The Irish News" exposed "clear embarrassment" over coverage of the ministers' trip to the Americas.
The DUP leader's outburst came on the day he and Martin McGuinness landed back in Belfast after a 12-day trip.
Their press office refused - and is still refusing - to answer journalists' inquiries about the nature of their visit, their itinerary and the number in their entourage.
Leading media commentator Steve Hewlett said that while first minister might have aimed to draw a line under the matter, his words have only added fuel to the debate.
"He's clearly embarrassed by what happened," he said.
Outburst 'Shows Robinson Rattled Over Coverage Of Americas Trip' | News | The Irish News

Irish News editor Noel Doran said it was "remarkable that the person who is effectively our prime minister should be urging a boycott of the best-selling Northern Ireland-based paper simply for asking legitimate questions about the spending of taxpayers' money".
"It was particularly ironic that Mr Robinson said his intention was to attract new investment but he had no hesitation in issuing a demand which, if heeded, would lead to the closure of a very successful Northern Ireland company and the loss of 150 jobs," he said.

There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn't write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn't any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA



You would think peter would be used to dealing with media by now. Will be interesting to see what type of spin the DUP put on this.
 
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Robinson is an angry man and has lost the run of himself again. I imagine the Irish News is delighted with this great PR for its target readership. To anyone else it matters little.
 

Glaucon

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Robinson is an angry man and has lost the run of himself again. I imagine the Irish News is delighted with this great PR for its target readership. To anyone else it matters little.
Robinson is, usually, a canny politician and a strong leader but is prone to the odd outburst of choleric-infused rage. This, however, is lunacy. I can't imagine what was going through his head when he made such an idiotic, anti-democratic call, one that is evidently counter productive.
 
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Robinson is, usually, a canny politician and a strong leader but is prone to the odd outburst of choleric-infused rage. This, however, is lunacy. I can't imagine what was going through his head when he made such an idiotic, anti-democratic call, one that is evidently counter productive.
Is it anti democratic? Why is it counter productive?
 

Glaucon

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Is it anti democratic? Why is it counter productive?
A strong press is crucial to the proper functioning of any democracy. Singling out a territory's leading publication for boycott, which is what he called for, because it had the temerity to push him to answer questions that he did not want to runs very much counter to the principles guiding modern liberal democracies.

It is counter productive because I should imagine the Irish News will see its sales rise on the back of this, a point you yourself alluded to in saying, "I imagine the Irish News is delighted with this great PR for its target readership."
 

james toney

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Peter seems a bit touchy,wait until he finds out the PIRA have reformed,and never decommissioned after all!
He will lose the rag altogether,so he will:)
 

Mickeymac

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Peter seems a bit touchy,wait until he finds out the PIRA have reformed,and never decommissioned after all!
He will lose the rag altogether,so he will:)

Indeed James, there is more need now for the Provies that at any time over this past 40 plus years.
 

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Indeed James, there is more need now for the Provies that at any time over this past 40 plus years.
No, there is not, and such a comment is totally off-topic.
You need to be restrained from posting in this section.
 

james toney

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Indeed James, there is more need now for the Provies that at any time over this past 40 plus years.
Mickey,i am taking the p!ss out of another thread,you are taking the p!ss also?
 
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A strong press is crucial to the proper functioning of any democracy. Singling out a territory's leading publication for boycott, which is what he called for, because it had the temerity to push him to answer questions that he did not want to runs very much counter to the principles guiding modern liberal democracies.

It is counter productive because I should imagine the Irish News will see its sales rise on the back of this, a point you yourself alluded to in saying, "I imagine the Irish News is delighted with this great PR for its target readership."
I take your point regarding freedom of press, but it is a stretch to say a long-running spat with one printed newspaper is anti-democratic. He didn't call for the removal of the press altogether.

Regarding being counter-productive, the sales of the Irish News may likely increase amongst nationalists. But it may likely also be seen as a hate rag for unionists. That's not counter productive to DUP or SF or any of the sectarian parties who benefit from tribal division.
 

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I take your point regarding freedom of press, but it is a stretch to say a long-running spat with one printed newspaper is anti-democratic. He didn't call for the removal of the press altogether.

Regarding being counter-productive, the sales of the Irish News may likely increase amongst nationalists. But it may likely also be seen as a hate rag for unionists. That's not counter productive to DUP or SF or any of the sectarian parties who benefit from tribal division.
We'll have to agree to disagree on that; if David Cameron called for a boycott of, say, the Guardian because it pushed him to provide answers on various topics, I think the response would be deafening, and not in Cameron's favour.

I can't think why anyone would see the "Irish News" as a hate rag. Its equivalent would the Belfast Telegraph (which certainly isn't).

Hate rags would be the like of the Newsletter or An Phoblacht.
 
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We'll have to agree to disagree on that; if David Cameron called for a boycott of, say, the Guardian because it pushed him to provide answers on various topics, I think the response would be deafening, and not in Cameron's favour.

I can't think why anyone would see the "Irish News" as a hate rag. Its equivalent would the Belfast Telegraph (which certainly isn't).

Hate rags would be the like of the Newsletter or An Phoblacht.
There is no opposition at Stormont which is about undemocratic as it comes so a long-running spat with one paper is insignificant. Cameron wouldn't stand for either situation but he'd surely not prioritise his thoughts on the Irish News.

If nationalists rally to the Irish News then Unionists will likely rally against it in equal number. That's the way things work here and the sectarian parties know it. Robinson isn't stupid and like the other sectarian parties they all benefit. It's not counter productive for Robinson IMHO.
 

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From time to time Robinson reminds me of John Bruton when Taoiseach ( except for that laugh ). Capable of shrewd insightful thinking much of the time, but lets himself down with the occasional rant.
 

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We'll have to agree to disagree on that; if David Cameron called for a boycott of, say, the Guardian because it pushed him to provide answers on various topics, I think the response would be deafening, and not in Cameron's favour.

I can't think why anyone would see the "Irish News" as a hate rag. Its equivalent would the Belfast Telegraph (which certainly isn't).

Hate rags would be the like of the Newsletter or An Phoblacht.


Please supply any clip from An Phoblacht that proposed hatred of anyone?

Folk need to think before they type such scurrilous remarks.
 

Legolas

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Was this when he was interviewed at the airport? If so, seeing the way he said it, this has been blown way out of proportion!
 
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From time to time Robinson reminds me of John Bruton when Taoiseach ( except for that laugh ). Capable of shrewd insightful thinking much of the time, but lets himself down with the occasional rant.
Out of interest, has anyone ever heard Robinson laugh? I don't think I've ever heard that.
 

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The Irish News, is the only daily in the North which Robinson hasn't given an interview to since becoming First Minister. It is the biggest selling local paper here.
Say's a lot.
However, I'm going to take his advice and start reading An Phoblacht instead.
 
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