When bashing culchies, our media do not let facts get in the way of the story
Farmers are not milking the third-level grants system and Sarah Carey is tired of the relentless tide of anti-rural whining
It's hard to explain sometimes to my journalistic colleagues how their presumptions and prejudices on major policy issues are so wildly alienating to anyone who lives in the country.
Culprits last week, naturally, include the good old Irish Times. While it beat us over the ideological head with the inclusivity stick on everything from the transgendered to immigration, its casual ignorance of rural matters demonstrates the persistent gulf between urban and rural perspectives.
First up was an article on Tuesday announcing 'Students from Dublin least likely to get third-level grants', with a helpful sub-title, '72% of CAO applicants in Longford get Susi award, compared with 46% in Dublin'.