Saturday October 24, 2020

Short-taken and short-changed

Gérard Depardieu needing to take a tinkle on an aircraft was never a news story, but the media pounced on it because they have sold out themselves, their viewers and their readers in the fatuous pursuit of celebrity tittle-tattle

20th August, 2011
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It made all the tabloid front pages on Thursday morning, both Irish and British. It even made its way into the qualities both Irish and British.

The Irish Times announced the story in its page one menu and featured it, plus a large colour picture at the top of page 3.

So it presumably must have been a news story of some importance in the eyes of the ‘paper of record’.

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