Senator Ó Brolcháin says Politics.ie responsible for public hysteria over recession

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In the Seanad on Wednesday, Green Party Senator Niall Ó Brolcháin spoke during a debate on the effects of the recession on mental health and said that Politics.ie was responsible for creating hysteria over how bad things are.

Here's the quote from KildareStreet.com

Another phenomenon is that of group think on websites such as www.politics.ie where many people who are wound up to 90 are writing all types of vitriolic things. Those involved are purporting to be people representing society. However bad our public broadcaster is, sites such as www.boards.ie or www.politics.ie are creating hysteria in terms of their content in regard to how bad things are and how badly people are being hammered. That is not good for mental health.
 


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In the Seanad on Wednesday, Green Party Senator Niall Ó Brolcháin spoke during a debate on the effects of the recession on mental health and said that Politics.ie was responsible creating hysteria over how bad things are.

Here's the quote from KildareStreet.com


Oh well David, at least its a bit of free advertisement for Politics.ie!!!
 

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Well Senator, since you obviously read the board, why don't you go crawl back under the rock you came from, you scumbag.
 

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Green and FF incompetence have nothing to do with recession ! At least its free publicity for P.ie
 

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What does he suggest? Government censorship a la China? Shut down discussion a la Burma? I'd be interested to know what he thinks we should do about this.
 

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What a load of nonsense.

People are not fools. The reason for the hysteria is the personal economic, political and societal crisis which we all face.

And it's a bit rich for someone like him to go on record blaming the 'meedyah' for highlighting the incompetence of their own party and their own government.

Though I suppose it shows that they are finally understanding that the internet and particularly the likes of p.ie have as much influence (if not more so) as RTE, the Irish Times or the Independent.

And anyway, who'd listen to him now? He's associated with an irretrievably tarnished political brand, and he knows it.
 

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P.S. Did you ban him, David? He appears to have a grudge... ;)
 

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Isn't that a bit over the top reaction dresden8??
No i think it's pretty fair. Unless of course you aren't bothered by the scenario our country now finds itself in, actually i'd go a lot further.
 

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Another example of paternalistic government - tell the people as little as you need to in order to "protect" them. Then make the decisions in your ivory castle. The fact that some posters here are better informed than alot of our political reps, on economic matters, scares the bejesus out of them.
 

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Ó Brolcháin is desperate to squash websites like this. If anything, he has attracted more viewers to the site. It is laughable he mentions mental health as a way to attack p.ie. Shameful. The Greens have a survival rate of about 2% at this stage. Well done indeed :)
 

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Another example of paternalistic government - tell the people as little as you need to in order to "protect" them. Then make the decisions in your ivory castle. The fact that some posters here are better informed than alot of our political reps, on economic matters, scares the bejesus out of them.
+1

Quoted and sigged.
 

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A government as morally and ethically corrupt as the current gang of failed humans will stoop to anything to remain in power.

The FF/PDs managed to take Frank Connolly out and get the Centre for Public Enquiry closed down a few years ago - so I wouldn't put it past the FF/Green Scum government to try to take David C and politics.ie out - Gormley is every bit as unprincipled and megalomaniacal as Mad McDowell was.

O'Bollockawn is merely a flea on the back of the Green Rats, but it's worth remembering that bubonic plague can be caught from a flea bite.
 
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all in a days work ..

if he says there is,he must be in fact on this website a lot then musn't he..
Very productive guy..:rolleyes:
 

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In the Seanad on Wednesday, Green Party Senator Niall Ó Brolcháin spoke during a debate on the effects of the recession on mental health and said that Politics.ie was responsible for creating hysteria over how bad things are.

Here's the quote from KildareStreet.com
Senator Ó Brolcháin is off course and far too lenient.

The problem with economic coverage on here is that simple falsehoods get equal space to verifiable fact.

For ages it was conventional wisdom on this website that Greece had defaulted. Of course, it has not: it got rescued before it defaulted. But the idiot posters who spread the misinformation were never contradicted by Mr Cochrane.

Currently, people keep repeating the lie that Ireland might default. That, of course, is impossible. The same rescue mechanism that was set up after the Greek crisis is there for Ireland's use when it becomes necessary. No default is possible.

Nevertheless, all indications suggest Mr Cochrane will continue to allow posters to continue spreading the lie that Ireland could default. Poorly-informed readers will see these lies and assume that they are true.
 

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How long before I get censored for making an on-topic comment in a threat about politics.ie site content and the hysterical falsehoods propagated there daily, without the verifiable facts being given the faintest primacy over the verifiable lies.

Think about that the next time the defenders of this board preach pious words about free speech.
 

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Senator Ó Brolcháin is off course and far too lenient.

The problem with economic coverage on here is that simple falsehoods get equal space to verifiable fact.

For ages it was conventional wisdom on this website that Greece had defaulted. Of course, it has not: it got rescued before it defaulted. But the idiot posters who spread the misinformation were never contradicted by Mr Cochrane.

Currently, people keep repeating the lie that Ireland might default. That, of course, is impossible. The same rescue mechanism that was set up after the Greek crisis is there for Ireland's use when it becomes necessary. No default is possible.

Nevertheless, all indications suggest Mr Cochrane will continue to allow posters to continue spreading the lie that Ireland could default. Poorly-informed readers will see these lies and assume that they are true.
You get much more accurate analysis on here than you do in RTE's mindless parroting of Biffo and Bozo's latest press releases.
 


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