Category Archives: Political spin

Israels spin doctor is back

He’s back. The appearance of Mark Regev, spin doctor in chief for the Israeli government, has become customary every time that country is under fire from the international media. To the relief of Regev connoisseurs, last week’s controversy over the boarding of a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza was no exception.

Not for Regev, below, the bumbling and stumbling of a BP boss caught in a crisis. In a bravura performance against John Humphrys last week, he calmly painted Gaza as a consumer paradise awash with Coca-Cola and air conditioning, claiming he had his “facts” from the FT. No comment.

If the men from Mars ever wanted to manufacture a PR man, they would model their robot on Regev. No matter how formidable the interviewer, or how aggressive the questioning, he never buckles under pressure. His disarming Aussie accent and unfailing politeness – he calls interviewers “Sir” and uses phrases like “I beg to disagree” – almost lulls listeners into overlooking his aggression. He is always regretful about death and horror – he regrets that the non-Israeli victims brought their fate on themselves. Viewers are reduced to a trance of slack-jawed amazement at what he is prepared to say with a straight face. He is unlikely to win sceptics to Israel’s cause, but as a PR performer he is horribly compelling.

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BNP – Censorship, where do we draw the line?

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As the row continues to simmer about the appearance of the BNP’s Nick Griffin on the BBC’s Question Time programme we have to ask ourselves if banning the BNP from live TV is the right stance to take?

It’s not so long ago that we here in Ireland banned Sinn Féin members from the airwaves through legislation know as the broadcasting ban. This same party  now holds leadership positions in the devolved government in the north of Ireland and are regularly welcomed to places like 10 Downing Street and the Whitehouse. This is also the same party whose leaders or many of them have been responsible for maiming and killing thousands of people similar to the actions of those who founded this state.

On a daily basis we are exposed to images and media interviews of world leaders like George Bush, Obama and Gordon Brown across all media outlets. These are world leaders who are responsible for killing thousands if not millions of Iraqi’s and Afghans. The same world leaders who live in lavish luxury while half the world starves.

The catholic church whose hierarchy continue to be afforded the respect of those holding very high office and who are usually seated at the top tables of most family weddings continue to preach from the dark ages. It’s not so long ago that gays and lesbians were not recognised by this state and the catholic church. The same catholic church that disapproves of contraception whether it be for family planning or to prevent the spread of killer diseases like AIDs.

OK, I’m gone off on a little rant but while I’m no fan of the BNP I do think that trying to censor them only plays into their hands by supplying them with the oxygen that helps their propaganda machine breath. If we are going to censor them for holding very extreme views should we not also ban all of the above and many more??

Censorship is a real old media stance afterall its virtually impossible to censor groups like the BNP in the new media age we live in.

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Battle against BNP continues

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New Conservative website collapses at launch

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The Conservatives in the UK have just launched a new website, which calls itself “the most ambitious party political campaigning network of its kind outside of the US”, spent much of its first day redirecting to the Tory party’s main website while the problem was fixed.

The site is intended to be a focal point for local activism, which will let individual users to organise “microcampaigns” and raise funds for local projects.

However, the system appears to have been unable to cope with demand. The online communities editor for the Conservative Party, Craig Elder, said on his Twitter feed: “Sorry if anyone’s having probs getting on MyConservatives – wasn’t quite expecting THAT level of demand…”

An hour later, with the site still down, he quipped: “OK, so when I said ‘everyone get onto MyConservatives’, I didn’t mean all at once. We’ll have it up and running again shortly.”

When is an Irish political going to take the web more seriously????

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Vote YES from Generation YES

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Government in waiting??

labour Labour party leader Eamon Gilmore TD and Deputy Leader  and Spokesperson on Finance Joan Burton at launch of Labour Party Analysis of NAMA Bill.

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Strong interest in Lisbon press conference

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Independent Councillors call for a No vote to Lisbon.

Catherine Connoly,  Richard Boyd Barrett,  Joan Collins,  Cieran Perry and  Terry Kelleher pictured at todays No to Lisbon press conference.

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Greens launch Lisbon campaign

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Sinn Féin continue their poor No-to Lisbon  PR stunts by heckling another party at their campaign launch.

 Minister for the Environment and Leader of the Green Party, John Gormley was heckled by Sinn Féin Dublin City Cllr. Killian Forde as he leaves the Green Party launch in Merrion Square, Dublin.

Deputy Government Press Secretary John Downing doesn’t look too chuffed.

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Yes to Lisbon – No to Lisbon

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The photocall launch of the Fianna Fail Yes-to-Lisbon campaign got a little confusing yesterday when Sinn Fein protesters calling for a NO vote turned up and stood amongst the Fianna Failers outside the Royal College of Physicians in Kidare Street, Dublin.

Poor PR stunt by Sinn Féin.

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No to Lisbon campaign

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Republican pressure group Eirigi launched their  ‘Never Mind the B**** cks’ Lisbon poster at the Dáil yesterday. Their No to Lisbon poster is themed on  the famous Sex pistols album cover.

Eirigi were very vocal on the ground in their opposition to Lisbon last time round.

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