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Alan Dukes shot himself in the foot dissing Border folk in Seán Quinn documentary

Declan Lynch


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Seán Quinn may have expected a deluge of dog’s abuse after the RTÉ documentary but instead Alan Dukes got heaps of it

Seán Quinn may have expected a deluge of dog’s abuse after the RTÉ documentary but instead Alan Dukes got heaps of it

Seán Quinn may have expected a deluge of dog’s abuse after the RTÉ documentary but instead Alan Dukes got heaps of it

Television is a treacherous medium. Norman Mailer wrote about his obsession with it, recalling the time he went on a talk show with Truman Capote, believing he had performed superbly, while Capote — by his own admission — had seemed a bit flat. What Mailer hadn’t realised is that while he was knocking it out of the park, for a few seconds the camera had been on Capote when Capote said of Jack Kerouac: “That’s not writing, that’s typing.”

The morning after, as Mailer went out to receive the acclaim of a grateful nation, all he heard were people quoting with amusement Capote’s words: “That’s not writing, that’s typing.” The TV camera had lied — or at least it had misrepresented the overall nature of the proceedings. The TV camera does that.


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