After last night’s display of cowardice and its accompanying showcase of RTÉ’s lack of editorial independence, I am boycotting the station’s news broadcasts and even its website. It has no credibility anymore. Follow the debate on Twitter, hashtag #picturegate (see the Twitter feed on the left of this website).
Photo: from The Guardian website, which in turn got it from RTÉ
By apologising for broadcasting a report on the nude portrait hung in the National Gallery by a “guerrilla artist” (a fun, quirky story if ever there was one), our national broadcaster has shown it has no resolve and is at the whim of the government. It’s a story that deserved to be covered, purely on the question of how somebody got into the galleries and hung the painting without being stopped. Stories offend the people involved frequently, largely because they don’t want the world knowing about what’s going on related to them. That’s perfectly understandable. However, to give in and issue an apology for what on the face of it seems to be political reasons is just journalistic cowardice.
To quote Gavin Sheridan (who has the original story and apology here):
Last time I checked, Brian Cowen was a servant of the people, not their master… RTÉ are now officially lapdogs of the Government.
RTÉ should be ashamed of itself.
While I’m feeling nostalgic:
And you knew this was coming:
My thanks to the poster on Rick O’Shea’s blog for this one. It brings back a few fond, if cloudy memories. When else have you heard the theme song to a children’s cartoon mention beer?
Spare a thought for the presenter of Beadle’s About, who has died from pneumonia at age 59. Although you may not have liked his shows, he did raise more than £100 million (E133m) for charity and for that alone he deserves respect. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005 and was a devoted supporter of charitable organisations that helped children with the disease.
PC users still prefer XP to Vista. For some reason The Daily Telegraph doesn’t realise XP and Vista are two versions of Windows.
Giuliani’s advisor Peter King: “Too many mosques in this country”. Another idiotic quote by a gobshite politician. (Crooks and Liars)
Making carbon markets work. It could be an effective way of limiting climate change from CO2 emissions. (Scientific American)
A child’s guide to Iran-US relations. The article makes one or two suspect claims but it’s a good backgrounder. (Scholars and Rogues)
Diabetes breath test may be possible. Every little bit helps. (CNet)
Swedish game show hostess vomits live on air. Only to get back on her seat and finish working. What a pro! (Breitbart.tv)