I decided to chronicle some of the ‘Real News’ stories that challenge the narrative. I haven’t updated this since February, so here are my list of media awards from March to July.
The March real news award goes to Jody Corcoran for his article in the Independent called “Civil Service ‘politicisation’ a real concern over Leo’s spin unit”. The article criticises ‘Project Leo’ and highlights the failings of The Strategic Communications Unit.
Also credit to The Irish Times for carrying a story titled ‘UN report says Israel a ‘racist state’ and ‘apartheid regime’. The article informs that the report concludes ‘Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole’.
April’s award goes to Pat Flanagan (@patflanagan1) for his article in the Irish Mirror called “Owning a home is being pushed out of reach of ordinary people”. Another really honest article on the crisis Pat writes “This social catastrophe did not occur by accident. What is unfolding before our eyes is a physical manifestation of Fine Gael’s neo-Thatcherite policies.”
The Real News Award for May goes to @christinafinn8 who writes for the Journal. In the aftermath of the Repeal The Eight result Christina writes “Fianna Fáil, which has spent decades in power since the foundation of the State, appears to have lost touch with the public mood” in her article “Ireland shedding its old skin, but will that include Fianna Fail?”
The June award goes to @UnaMullally for her opinion piece in the Times called “Direct provision fits with our history of incarcerating the innocent” in which she calls for all of us to stand up and demand that direct provision be dismantled.
The final award on offer for July goes to @Ste_McDermott who also writes for the Journal. His article called “Child Homelessness rises 35% during Eoghan Murphy’s first year in office” demonstrates the extent of the problem and also how inactive the government have been in solving the crisis. The fact that numbers are increasing should be causing outrage.
Picture used in this post is from hostilehand.com by @GerMangan