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Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

Bloody Sunday and ideology – once again journalists prefer not to look

The Irish Times carried an interview recently with that grand old man of British journalism Harold Evans. In keeping with our "paper of record’s" craven attitude to all things imperious, the paper’s London correspondent Mark Hennessey positively gushed over Harry’s stature. God the man is just…well, a God. This article, which contains a special section on Bloody Sunday, is fundamental to understanding how today's journalists see themselves and their work because, like Harold Evans, it purports to be free of that nasty, brutish thing called ideology. Real journalists you see, are impeccably impartial. They take no sides and just tell the truth. The article can be read here:

Article - Irish Times 

Furthermore, in an article which lionizes a “legendary” British journalist a few days before the Bloody Sunday report was due to be published, it ironically highlights the role of powerful states like Britain in suppressing basic rights and the failure of journalism to do its job as the Fourth Estate.

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The reason I run

I run with a painstaking stride
mile after aching mile

I run to reverse
my amputated father's
alcoholic thirst

To kiss his wounds

Each step excruciatingly
Stitching back together

Digit by digit
Foot by foot
Ball and socket
Limb and shank

Restored to humanity
at some point
where time is in joint
beyond sense and infinity

Salving the gangrene
with a sacred prayer cloth
steeped in the bitter vinegar
of my blood sweat and tears

My utter belief

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