In an age of media chaos, This Week of RTÉ1 (RTÉ1, Sunday, 1pm) is holding its ground for the old ways. If you could compare a radio show to a restaurant, This Week would be like the dining room of an old country hotel that’s still serving Sunday Lunch with Brown Windsor soup, roast beef, and two varieties. vegetables, custard apple and stewed apple. .
Of course some of us still prefer traditional fare, and find it admirable that at least one establishment still offers it shamelessly. However, sometimes you will wonder if they were ever tempted to go crazy and throw some of those modern dishes on the menu.
You’ll wonder what they were thinking when they prepared last Sunday’s offer about the US midterm elections – or what they were thinking. “Can America be more polarized?” was the introductory note, a sure sign of what was to come.
By framing it as polarized, This week stay out of the “false equivalence” and “both sides” debates that have attracted much media around the world. The argument goes – and it’s a very good one – that “polarity” means that the north and south poles are opposite but of equal value. But in this case they are not equal.
framework seems more appropriate for an election in 1972, rather than 2022
Given that Republicans are now really a cult where the cult leader Donald Trump is openly determined to end democracy in the United States, it would be more accurate to say that the north pole (democracy in general) is being attack from the south pole (the Trumpists).
Co-presenter Carole Coleman spoke of “divisive midterm elections,” which again implied some kind of equivalence, an equal division. In an interview with stellar commentator Marion McKeone, she asked if this election was “ruined by the same claims and objections about voting and the outcome”?
Ah that’s our old friend, “claim and protest”. Also here This week framing seems more appropriate for an election in 1972, rather than 2022. There are no valid “claims and objections”. There’s Trump’s big lie, and there’s truth, established beyond legal, factual, moral doubt, literally in every conceivable way. A more accurate question would be: “Will this election be marred by the lies and corruption of Trump’s Republican Party?”
This kind of realistic accuracy is hard to come by when broadcasting in the United States, large portions of which are unbelievably “disappeared” and free to use baptismal language for the Maga movement for the pleasure and benefit. profit.
This week having the luxury of all that, it is free to break and change its own menu, but it still seems to love the old comfort food.
Anton Savage, Kieran Cuddihy’s replacement on Hard shoulder (Newstalk, weekdays, 4:00 p.m.) didn’t have a week to come up with the best questions, but he found the right one in a lecture given by Father Seán Sheehy, of Listowel. about gays, transgenders, and some heterosexuals. activities. A sermon for which Bishop Kerry apologized, saying it did not represent the position of Christians.
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Ah, but it does, to an extent, and Savage was there to make the point that Catholic teaching explicitly opposes many kinds of sexual practices. Which might make this story headline: “Articates Catholic Doctrine.”
Digging deeper into Kerry’s culture wars – Battles on the Lawn, if you like – naturally, we found Michael Healy-Rae debating The Pat Kenny Program (Newstalk, weekdays, 9am) with Donna Cooney, Green Party councilor from Clontarf.
The topic is mowing and selling grass, although on whatever topic you feel Healy-Rae would welcome opposition to a Greens commissioner from Clontarf, or anywhere else in the Greater Dublin Area .
Cooney talked about the downsides of the pitch, such as “what it does to your walls”. But Healy-Rae spoke of “vulnerable older people” (Poor Ould Fellas?), who were perhaps less involved in the matter. For them, “your walls” are probably more a matter of style than substance.
In an eerie echo of the Listowel controversy, the “retrofit” of homes for energy-efficient purposes is described as a “transition”. Surely if you are looking for your “complaints and objections”, you have come to the right place.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/radio/rtes-this-week-talking-about-a-polarised-america-gives-donald-trumps-supporters-far-too-much-credit-42119180.html RTÉ’s This Week on a ‘polarized’ America gives Donald Trump supporters too much credibility