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    Very interesting piece here from Village Magazine:

    Naming and faming, not naming and shaming.

    It pretty much sums up what I think myself about this hack - from the article:


    The young offenders highlighted the ways in which Paul Williams glorifies gangland criminal, “You know you are up there with the best if Paul Williams calls you a ‘crime boss’ or gives you a nickname, that makes people more afraid of you. That can’t be a bad thing in the business of crime. He makes us out to be like the mafia godfathers – most lads love it”. They revealed how Williams’ crime writing acts, albeit unintentionally, as a source of encouragement towards criminality. “When Williams writes about guns, robberies and shootings, it’s exciting. Everyone wants a piece of the action. His books don’t turn me off crime they make me want to be part of it. Why would I want to go on the straight? It’s boring in comparison”.


    I've always avoided any publications that Williams writes in like the plaque, but, from time to time, I have read some of his drivel and it makes for pretty depressing reading. What do other people think about his form of 'journalism'? Is it, as the article suggest, making the life of a criminal more glamourous although whats glamourous about being shot in the stomach and having to wear a colostomy bag is beyond me? Proving the point, I suppose that the vast majority of those involved in crime are people who fail at whatever they do, hence, jail or death is inevitable.

    Me, I find Mr. Williams and his career based on crocodile and faux outrage to be base and gutteral.
    No matter what you think of yourself, the moment you try to justify the murder of an innocent with idealism, no matter what that ideal might be, you take your place on the side of evil and all your claims to virtue are as naught.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaius hippingo View Post
    Very interesting piece here from Village Magazine:

    Naming and faming, not naming and shaming.

    It pretty much sums up what I think myself about this hack - from the article:




    I've always avoided any publications that Williams writes in like the plaque, but, from time to time, I have read some of his drivel and it makes for pretty depressing reading. What do other people think about his form of 'journalism'? Is it, as the article suggest, making the life of a criminal more glamourous although whats glamourous about being shot in the stomach and having to wear a colostomy bag is beyond me? Proving the point, I suppose that the vast majority of those involved in crime are people who fail at whatever they do, hence, jail or death is inevitable.

    Me, I find Mr. Williams and his career based on crocodile and faux outrage to be base and gutteral.
    I agree 100%. But you could say this about the vast majority of journalism. It's just misery porn.
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    There are a few Irish journalists crossing over from commentator to celebrity. I think you have to view their output in that light. Anything they write should be viewed in the context of entertainment rather than news.

    Brendan "Smarty McBallsy" O'Connor, Kevin Myres, and Paul Williams are all branching into TV.

    But lets not overstate the problem. Williams can be seen as the unofficaal mouthpiece of the establishment, and objectionable as his self-glorification is, nothing he writes makes a scumbag do anything that he wouldn't have done anyway.

    The criminal mind is well known to be full of retrospective justifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sauntersplash View Post
    It's just misery porn.
    Its as good a name as any for the type of drivel being lapped up.

    Mr Williams, from what I have seen of him, seems to be very taken with his position as the official crime hack according to the criminal.
    Its probably very exciting for him but what about when he crosses one of these criminals who are so far gone in drugs and probably mental disorders that killing a high profile journalist isnt seen as a great deal?

    Will we get the same nonsense again about how he was a crusader? How he was 'brave'? Or will we get some honest reporting about how he started to believe his own hype?

    So long as we dont spend any state funds protecting this moron.
    No matter what you think of yourself, the moment you try to justify the murder of an innocent with idealism, no matter what that ideal might be, you take your place on the side of evil and all your claims to virtue are as naught.

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    Yeah, he's the worst. But he's not the only one at it. His former employers in the Sunday World yesterday had some 'exclusive' about some knackers from the Dundon family saying something on youtube (I didnt read the article, just saw the front page in the newsagent). Im sure the people featured were delighted with themselves.

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    Paul 'The Poison Pen' Williams! is that name sensational enough to make it into the world!

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    What is particularly difficult to stomach is the way he is treated with reverence by various broadcasters ( such as Tubridy, Kenny and Eamonn Keane ) who should know better than to allow his self-serving tittle tattle to go unchallenged.

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    I've always called him HMV Williams, as in His Master's Voice, since he always seems to echo the cops point of view. Funny how this fearless sleuth completely failed to notice the smell coming from Donegal over the years, isn't it?
    Along with his old pal Jim Cusack, he sees the hand of the Shinners behind everything and there are, of course, always sinister elements.
    Once a PD....

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    I reckon the thugs love being written about, makes them feel like Al Capone. They should be referred to as "knackers" or "scumbags". People have always been fascinated with crime, since well before Jack the Ripper so I'm sure it sells.

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    Williams ego continues to be allowed run riot across Irelands corporate media - the fact that he is merely a loud-mouthed talentless extension of the Garda PR dept appears to have escaped the attention of what passes for journalism in this country

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