The media’s boogeyman problem – Gript

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As I have noted before on these pages, the one thing you will never hear or see, watching RTE or Virgin Media, or listening to most commercial national radio stations, is an interview with a member of the so-called “far right”.

This is remarkable, really, when you think about it. The coverage devoted to demonising these people takes up literal acres of print space, and endless hours of broadcast time. We are told almost on a loop that these people are “extreme” and “dangerous”, and that they are “exploiting” local concerns, rather than either being local themselves, or having legitimate concerns of their own.

But there is a strange dichotomy: on the one hand, we are told relentlessly that the boogeyman has left his stronghold, and is on the march to a town near you, to take your freedoms and your diversity. On the other hand, no footage of this boogeyman can be found. We are told that there is rampant racism in this movement, yet there is no footage of anybody saying anything racist. We are told that there is rampant hatred, and yet there is no footage of anybody saying anything hateful. The threat is simultaneously everywhere and imminent, and yet, you can’t be shown the threat. And the threat cannot be interviewed.

Why?

What follows is a theory, but it is a theory borne out of twenty years of observing and interacting with the Irish media, and the wider Irish establishment. Here it is:

The threat the “far right” (I use the term here not because I agree anyone is far right, but because it’s the one the media uses) poses is not to you. The threat the “far right” poses is to the Irish establishment. That is the primary reason why it can only be spoken about, and not spoken to.

Call it the common sense problem: There’s always a chance some media outlet might get very lucky, and manage to get on camera, or into a studio, that one headbanger at a protest who is convinced that the people inside an asylum centre are secretly UN soldiers here to sterilise Irish people at the behest of George Soros. But the media cannot take that chance, because there’s a far greater chance that the person they interview will, without much difficulty, make some basic and common sense points about Government policy.

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The media’s boogeyman problem – Gript

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