Thursday 8 December 2016

Gutter journalism an insult to victims of Berkeley tragedy

Published 18/06/2015 | 02:30

'If the ‘New York Times’ wants to do an exposé of the drunken debauchery of degenerate J1 students, and the anarchy and misery they cause, it is free to do so. But its attempt to shoehorn that report into a totally unrelated account of six students’ tragic deaths deserves to be called out'
'If the ‘New York Times’ wants to do an exposé of the drunken debauchery of degenerate J1 students, and the anarchy and misery they cause, it is free to do so. But its attempt to shoehorn that report into a totally unrelated account of six students’ tragic deaths deserves to be called out'

The 'New York Times' coverage of the Berkeley tragedy has provoked an outraged response, with Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin, among many others, labelling it "a disgrace".

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The article described the J1 programme as "a source of embarrassment for Ireland" because it had been "marked by a series of high-profile episodes involving drunken partying and the wrecking of apartments in places like San Francisco and Santa Barbara".

In an effort to substantiate these claims, the authors resurrected a 2014 column in an Irish American newspaper which condemned "the callous destruction" of one rental property in San Francisco by "loaded Irish students" who had "abandoned the place without a word of apology".

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