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Sunday and other Media Stupid Statements from this week… January 10, 2021

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

Let’s start with a not exactly media statement… said by a very special someone on Wednesday in Washington DC… “Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy,” he said. “And after this, we’re going to walk down – and I’ll be there with you – we’re going to walk down … to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women.” And then… The president’s pledge to join the marchers was greeted with cheers. However, according to the press pool report sent following the rally, he actually went back to the White House in his motorcade. 

Then this – from this morning and almost inevitable.

How can our media mandarins, who bang on about Trump, miss the similarity between the scenes at Capitol Hill and Sinn Féin triumphalism after the general election? Like Trump, Sinn Féin carried on as if the election had been stolen from them. Like Trump, they publicly vented their contempt for the institutions of their country – who can forget Davy Cullinane at the RDS deriding the ‘Free State’ and shouting “up the RA”?

Except that’s not like and like. A mob attacking the Dáil and occupying it would be the same, not a party that has been represented there for almost a quarter of a century through election after election and which has by any reasonable analysis been pretty scrupulous in respecting the authority of that house. 

The whole article really, but perhaps this in particular and a question as to who the ‘we’ in it actually are…

Despite Johnson’s early missteps, his signature buccaneering confidence –absent for the best part of nine months – might be exactly the requirement of the moment as we face the vaccine roll-out. The most tedious critique of the UK prime minister rests on his inclination to overpromise and underdeliver: once again he has made a promise he cannot keep; his optimism is unfettered. But with the advent of the vaccine, it is exactly this tendency towards unfettered optimism that will see Britain exit the pandemic with haste. By overpromising, Johnson pressurises the system, and redoubles the motivation to administer as many jabs as feasible. Whether the highly optimistic target of 14 million vaccines by mid-February is an impossible ask is secondary: making the promise means we will see a higher vaccination rate than if Johnson had advocated for a more conservative target altogether. 


You might think given the current situation with the virus that the IT would have soft-pedalled its tendency to provide soft-denialism – after all there’s been a tone of ‘why oh why’ in terms of Trump supporter and their delusions since Wednesday. But you would be disappointed if so. For example Mark Paul’s admission of being wrong about surging numbers has lasted… well not even a week and once more he’s attempting to make the argument – actually it’s impossible to grasp what argument he is making as he throws a blizzard of ill-digested figures into the mix. What he does appear to be doing is casting doubt on NPHET. So, no change there… 

No matter what those now drenched in hindsight claim on social media, nobody predicted that January cases of the virus would top 7,000 or 8,000 per day. Those who claim it was predictable should produce evidence of any contemporaneous predictions. Those predictions don’t exist The fact that even the State’s public health authorities did not come close to predicting the correct infection rates suggests there may be a few gaps in Nphet’s modelling and data collection. Public health officials may argue that people were prepared to go crazier over Christmas than they were expecting. So why, then, did the public research conducted on behalf of Nphet’s behavioural scientists not pick up this mood ahead of time? But there were clear predictions that numbers would increase sharply. Which would have entailed precisely the same need for counter-measures and restrictions. He doesn’t appear to understand this. Hard to understand why not. 

Who could be quoting Frank Furedi (ex RCP, adjacent to Spiked) on ‘resilience’ in The Irish Times this week and – in the teeth of a massive surge of numbers actually asking the following with a straight face? 

I believe that, along with introducing preventive measures, Government should have taken greater pains to foster public resilience, for example: advice from psychologists on how to cope and stay positive; encouraging people to use good judgement based on reliable information supplied by Government; praising people for personal and community effort, and so on. People would then feel more motivated to take all the simple precautions such as hand-washing, masks, distancing, cough etiquette, avoiding large gatherings, etc. I also believe we should have kept more of the economy and health services working as we battled the pandemic. And we should have been more mindful of the fact that we must pay for all the collateral damage in the future. We know this bill will be huge, but not how huge. Trying to remove danger from the world, to make it a “safe space”, is futile and saps our resilience. The best we can do is to take sensible precautions while maintaining our resilience to fight threats as they arise.

Resilience as against a global pandemic. Not one example of an economy that has successfully opened up without new and ever more restrictive measures are implemented as the virus spreads. The empty rhetoric from the IT continues unabated.


1. EWI - January 10, 2021

Reville will presumably be familiar with various Spiked!/RCP personalities through his longtime climate change denialism.

(I honestly didn’t realise that the IT was still publishing him)

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WorldbyStorm - January 11, 2021

I hadn’t realised that either, interesting how his worldview is being replicated by others there.


2. Irish Media Learns All The Wrong Lessons From Storming Of US Capitol – AN SIONNACH FIONN | The New York Press News Agency - January 23, 2021

[…] by those in power when faced by calls for reform among the electorate. Here at home we have seen the animosity directed by the news media towards Sinn Féin and other parties of the centre-left and…. Yes, the historical legacy of the so-called Troubles plays a part in that feeling and the post-war […]


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