Press Watch: A new column…

We’re not sure how regular this column will be, since it will depend to some extent on what comes in from you the readers. But f you see something wrong, misleading or inaccurate (Slugger O’Toole included, btw!!) then send it into Mick at and he will pass it on. We cannot guarantee to publish everything we receive, but we’ll do our best to bring you the best. Here’s a couple of starters.

First, these two divergent lines on the same story on the same day and published as a follow up to the tragic death of RTE’s Gerry Ryan…

Irish Daily Star, 4 May 2010, page 1

“Gerry Died Broke”

Irish Daily Mirror, 4 May 2010, page 4.

“Gerry will leave everything he owned to his wife, Morah… Ryan was still worth more than €2.5 million.”

More recently when the French team came home from South Africa, someone got their story mangled. But which one?

Irish Times 24 June 2010

“Mr. Sarkozy…is due to meet (Thierry) Henri in Paris today after the player asked for an opportunity to give the squad’s version of events.” Ruadhain Mac Cormaic, p. 10.

Irish Daily Star 24 June 2010

“Furious Nicolas Sarkozy has demanded a meeting with cheat Thierry Henri after France’s shameful World Cup.” Patrick Lawlor, p. 7.

And this last, which may have helped trigger some of the recent hysteria inside Fine Gael…

Quiz: which of the following quotations is (a) accurate and (b) from the paper of record?

(a) “The Labour Party has now become the biggest party in the State for the first time in its history, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.”

(b) “Labour last night dramatically became the best supported party in an opinion poll for the first time.”

Clue: (a) is from the Irish Times, (b) is from the Irish Independent, same date.

Answers on a postcard please to Madame G. Kennedy, Editor, Irish Times.

More next Monday…

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