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Quite a few of my readers – commenting on the current sexual scandals involving THE IRISH CATHOLIC BISHOPS – THE CATHOLIC CLERGY - SEMINARIANS and THE IRISH MEDIA have been asking two questions:
1. Where is THE IRISH TIMES?
2. Where is PATSY MC GARRY?
For those who do not know Patsy McGarry is the religious affairs correspondent of the Irish Times.
For instance, while the alleged rape of a “silverdaddies” member on Catholic Church property in Bray was a front page story in THE IRISH INDEPENDENT the Irish Times have ignored the story completely!
It CANNOT BE that no one in the Irish Times was aware of the story? In fact I emailed Patsy McGarry a copy of my blog where the story was born.
So it seems as if someone in the Irish Times made a decision that they would not touch the story.
Why would that be?
1. Was it because the Irish Times thought that the public would not be interested in the story? If so – they were absolutely wrong. The public is very interested in this story.
2. Was it because Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is the DARLING of the Irish media and people in the Irish Times do not want to hurt his feelings?
3. Did Patsy Mc Garry himself decide the story was not to go in?
4. Was it because it was a “gay” story and gay friendly people did not want to do the story that might bring a “gay” “gays” into disrepute?
I don’t really know the answer. Maybe some readers might know?
I do know that when the MAYNOOTH GRINDR SCANDAL story broke last summer Patsy McGarry was the first one I notified about it and he ignored the story until it started appearing on the Irish Independent and on RTE news.
It seemed that he then had to deal with the story so as not to look as if the IT was blatantly ignoring it?
Since the 1920’s the IRISH CATHOLIC CHURCH / HIERARCHY had a stranglehold on the Irish media.
To fall foul of a bishop as an editor or a journalist could spell the end of your career.
Many a newspaper, many an editor and many a journalist was gagged by a bishop and the church.
Archbishop John Charles McQuaid even reprimanded the editor of THE IRISH PRESS for allowing a full page ladies underwear ad for Cleary’s Store.
McQuaid’s objection was that when you looked at the drawing in the ad of a ladies silk knickers you could see the outline of what McQuaid called the “MONS VENERIS” – the outline of the pubic area !!!
I think that we still have a good little bit of the Irish media tipping their cap to the Irish Bishops and to the Irish Catholic Church.
Is this out of respect or out of fear or out of fear of legal action?
You tell me.
Anyway it looks to me that at present Patsy McGarry and the Irish Times want to give the Church – and Diarmuid Martin in particular an easy ride.
And it certainly smacks to me of SUBTLE CENSORSHIP and NEWS MANAGEMENT.