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    Fintan's attack on Gay Byrne

    Gaybo's crafted persona and the man named Byrne - The Irish Times - Fri, Aug 12, 2011

    Fintan O'Toole is obviously panicking that Michael D is being overshadowed by Uncle Gaybo. Gloves are off:

    And Byrne does have strong political views and ideological leanings. He has been truly amazing in the degree to which he kept them in check while shaping the national conversation for so many decades. But it would have been impossible to clock up all those thousands of hours before a microphone without his views emerging from time to time. And what has emerged is a bog standard, unreflective and instinctive right-winger.

    In the late 1980s, he used his radio show to campaign against high taxes for well-off people like himself. In 1994, when the rainbow coalition introduced a property tax, he gave the issue enormous, and entirely negative coverage, on the show – arguably making a significant contribution to its demise.

    In January 1985, he devoted an entire Late Late Show to Ivor Kenny’s book, Government and Enterprise in Ireland , a strongly right-wing attack on government intervention in the market. His panel was made up of Kenny and two others who supported his views. In a subsequent judgment, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission upheld a complaint that the programme lacked any attempt at balance and found Byrne had “clearly aligned himself” with the right-wing views of the panel.

    Arguably, Byrne’s mask also slipped in a notorious interview on the Late Late with Annie Murphy, the lover of Bishop Eamon Casey, in 1993. Byrne told Murphy that Peter, her son with Casey, would be fine if he was “half the man his father was”, an extraordinary thing to say to the mother who had actually raised him. There was an unpleasantly misogynistic tinge to the put-down that was untypical of the man but which must have emerged from somewhere. Murphy’s unapologetic womanly self-confidence seemed to have got on Byrne’s nerves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Cartman View Post
    Fintan O'Toole is obviously panicking that Michael D is being overshadowed by Uncle Gaybo
    That's definitely the reason for this piece today. However, there are some very wounding lines in it nonetheless......
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    It's a pretty decent article. There's no doubt in my mind that GB is part of the old Ireland of nods and winks and jobs for the boys. Time to move on.
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    Gay Byrne finds himself in a scrap and I don't think he's up for it.
    Watch him stand down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Cartman View Post
    Gaybo's crafted persona and the man named Byrne - The Irish Times - Fri, Aug 12, 2011

    Fintan O'Toole is obviously panicking that Michael D is being overshadowed by Uncle Gaybo. Gloves are off:

    And Byrne does have strong political views and ideological leanings. He has been truly amazing in the degree to which he kept them in check while shaping the national conversation for so many decades. But it would have been impossible to clock up all those thousands of hours before a microphone without his views emerging from time to time. And what has emerged is a bog standard, unreflective and instinctive right-winger.

    In the late 1980s, he used his radio show to campaign against high taxes for well-off people like himself. In 1994, when the rainbow coalition introduced a property tax, he gave the issue enormous, and entirely negative coverage, on the show – arguably making a significant contribution to its demise.

    In January 1985, he devoted an entire Late Late Show to Ivor Kenny’s book, Government and Enterprise in Ireland , a strongly right-wing attack on government intervention in the market. His panel was made up of Kenny and two others who supported his views. In a subsequent judgment, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission upheld a complaint that the programme lacked any attempt at balance and found Byrne had “clearly aligned himself” with the right-wing views of the panel.

    Arguably, Byrne’s mask also slipped in a notorious interview on the Late Late with Annie Murphy, the lover of Bishop Eamon Casey, in 1993. Byrne told Murphy that Peter, her son with Casey, would be fine if he was “half the man his father was”, an extraordinary thing to say to the mother who had actually raised him. There was an unpleasantly misogynistic tinge to the put-down that was untypical of the man but which must have emerged from somewhere. Murphy’s unapologetic womanly self-confidence seemed to have got on Byrne’s nerves.
    Bring it on there is a lot more on the little creep.
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    I don't see what gives Michael D some superior right to be President. A lifetime of limited achievements. Pompous and self regarding. Just like Fintan O'Toole then.
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    I recall the Annie Murphy interview and that alone is one reason I won't be voting for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Cartman View Post
    Gaybo's crafted persona and the man named Byrne - The Irish Times - Fri, Aug 12, 2011

    Fintan O'Toole is obviously panicking that Michael D is being overshadowed by Uncle Gaybo. Gloves are off:

    And Byrne does have strong political views and ideological leanings. He has been truly amazing in the degree to which he kept them in check while shaping the national conversation for so many decades. But it would have been impossible to clock up all those thousands of hours before a microphone without his views emerging from time to time. And what has emerged is a bog standard, unreflective and instinctive right-winger.

    In the late 1980s, he used his radio show to campaign against high taxes for well-off people like himself. In 1994, when the rainbow coalition introduced a property tax, he gave the issue enormous, and entirely negative coverage, on the show – arguably making a significant contribution to its demise.

    In January 1985, he devoted an entire Late Late Show to Ivor Kenny’s book, Government and Enterprise in Ireland , a strongly right-wing attack on government intervention in the market. His panel was made up of Kenny and two others who supported his views. In a subsequent judgment, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission upheld a complaint that the programme lacked any attempt at balance and found Byrne had “clearly aligned himself” with the right-wing views of the panel.

    Arguably, Byrne’s mask also slipped in a notorious interview on the Late Late with Annie Murphy, the lover of Bishop Eamon Casey, in 1993. Byrne told Murphy that Peter, her son with Casey, would be fine if he was “half the man his father was”, an extraordinary thing to say to the mother who had actually raised him. There was an unpleasantly misogynistic tinge to the put-down that was untypical of the man but which must have emerged from somewhere. Murphy’s unapologetic womanly self-confidence seemed to have got on Byrne’s nerves.
    All pretty straightforward.Over to you and your "Advisors" Gaybo.
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    Fintan describes Byrne as a 'bog standard, unreflective...right winger'. Typically sneery stuff from O'Toole. Obviously all right-wingers are unreflective; if only they would, or could, reflect and think on their political positions they would realise that being trendily left wing is the only moral and proper attitude to take
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuizMaster View Post
    Gay Byrne finds himself in a scrap and I don't think he's up for it.
    Watch him stand down.
    Will he be tempted to quote Othello Act 5, Scene 2, I wonder.
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