Saturday 3 December 2016

What the 'New York Times' should really be reporting on

Published 20/06/2015 | 02:30

A vigil for the students in Berkeley
A vigil for the students in Berkeley

On Tuesday, when we heard the terrible news that many young Irish men and women working for the summer in California on J1 visas, had been killed or injured in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, it hit us in a special way.

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You see, over the last few years we have had the great pleasure of having many lovely young people from Ireland visit us in New York while they were here on J1 visas. Most of them worked long hours in restaurants or country clubs and then saw a bit of the US before heading back home.

Thus it was with disbelief that we read the 'New York Times's' very insensitive if not downright cruel coverage of Tuesday's tragedy, starting with the headline: 'Six deaths in Berkeley cast pall on visa program'.

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