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Jumping on the bandwagon of the RTE Apology to BIFFO

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Wow, the blogosphere is up in arms.  Twitter is swamped with the traffic of the #picturegate hashtag.  Blogs ranging from Irish Election to the Irish Times are up in arms.  Not about the caricture – hey, the guys a politician, he should have learnt to take these things on the chin.  No, about the embarrassingly spineless climbdown by RTE and the craven apology for covering the news.

I actually read the story the other day, and didn’t think twice about it.  Ho ho, good one that, move on. It took Cowen, the big idiot, to unlease the Streisand effect on the whole thing.

So here’s me jumping on the bandwagon and maybe getting a few new readers for my blog.  Or, in fact, a reader for my blog.

Anyway everyone seems to be posting this caricture of Cowen just to piss him off so here it is;

Pretty bloody ugly, but not as ugly as the huge fucking mess this idiot and his crew have gotten us into.  If they’re not saving their developer buddies at Anglo, they’re propping up house prices by being a sub-prime lender.  Or they’re taking medical cards off old people.  Instead of taking on the unions in the public-service sector, this new budget is probably going to screw big-time people like me.

Fuck ’em. Squirm, Cowen, squirm!

For the record, I have written an email to;

a chara,

I wish to complain in the strongest possible terms about your apology
to the Taoiseach for a report which was entirely accurate and
newsworthy. While there are countries that have laws governing
disrespect to the state and its offices, their laws are not mirrored
here. I have lived in Italy, for example, and have seen firsthand how
corruption, cronyism and nepotism can thrive when the news outlets are
prevented by law from disrepecting or discrediting state institutions.
Our constitution guarantees freedom of speech and includes in this
freedom the right to satire the government

That this apology came in response to political pressure is all the
more shameful.

Sean M. O’Casaidhe

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Written by seancasaidhe

March 25, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Posted in Internet, Ireland

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  1. Great post and excellent letter to the RTE cunts. Think I’ll plagiarise most of it and send them another.


    March 25, 2009 at 9:21 pm

  2. P.S. See also


    March 25, 2009 at 9:23 pm

  3. […] 135 complaints. RTÉ removed the item from its website, leading to a textbook demonstration of the Streisand Effect as the youtube record of the piece got multiple […]

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