Gutter journalism an insult to victims of Berkeley tragedy
Published 18/06/2015 | 02:30
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".
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".