Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 31

Thread: Hookgate

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    3,545

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Quote Originally Posted by pluralist View Post
    Next they came for Fintan O'Toole but I did not speak up because I am not a partionist.

    Edit: to be somewhat serious, I've come to appreciate O'Toole's commentary. Perhaps like a fine wine, his analysis has matured with age. His critiques of the Labour Party's performance in government are all the more effective, because he used to be supportive of that party. But he still has a huge blind spot on 'the national question'.
    He's forensic WHEN he wants to be.

    Outside of that he's a big fat Fake. The great Socialist threatened to get involved in politics at the most revolutionary period since the foundation of the state and then didn't bother his arse to put his money where his mouth was.

    He forensically dissected the FF scandals and seems to have totally ignored the huge abuse of public monies that the HSE slush fund was, but FF are cartoon character enemies in the Dev mode for Fintan while his Trade Union friends fall into his cartoon character good guys category.

    He never forgets the PIRA and is amnesiac about the OIRA connections of his own political friends.

    Don't think he or anyone else had anything to say about the save Sean Garland from extradition case where the Labour big wigs pulled in behind the O-IRA leader who led Sean South into the border attack. Yet these same luvvies sneeringly castigate the memory of Sean South while ignoring their friend who led him.

    Fintan is quite simply a clever poseur with little capacity for self-reflection.

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    1,858

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    Well Hook has been suspended now... I'd be surprised if he is back anytime soon.
    Yes, answers my question. However, Ivan Y made what can be described as a defense of sorts yesterday.

    I still feel O'B will want to preserve his right wing listeners. OTOH I suppose the supporters of the Wicklow Dr will fill in nicely. Wonder how she can turn up on the fly? Wouldn't want to be one of her patients.

  3. #18
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    1,858

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaadi View Post
    Fintan is quite simply a clever poseur with little capacity for self-reflection.
    Quite a summary of a journalistic lifetime. Nobody is perfect. IMO, he has been consistent in questioning the way things are and are developing.

    Poseur is not a word I would use in the same sentence as Fintan O'Toole. I would for some other journalists.

  4. #19
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    3,545

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Quote Originally Posted by barrym View Post
    Quite a summary of a journalistic lifetime. Nobody is perfect. IMO, he has been consistent in questioning the way things are and are developing.

    Poseur is not a word I would use in the same sentence as Fintan O'Toole. I would for some other journalists.
    Poseur = a person who pretends to be what he or she is not :an affected or insincere person.

    Fintan ain't no Socialist.

  5. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Rockall
    Posts
    78,438

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Well, Hook is gone - is someone suggesting he will be replaced by Fintan ?

    Presenters and sponsors backing out in droves.



    Dil Wickremansingh
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre

  6. #21
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Meath
    Posts
    8,426

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Quote Originally Posted by barrym View Post
    Why shocked? surely not at his attitude?

    The Newstalk audience around midday is more than likely a majority over 60s, retired, etc. That is to whom he reacts.
    Does sarcasm not translate into writing anymore? Sorry Baz...

  7. #22
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Meath
    Posts
    8,426

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Quote Originally Posted by pluralist View Post
    I am no fan of anything Hook represents but the prospect of joining a witch-hunt against a 76 year old with a self-admitted history of depression is not appealing to me in the slightest.
    Well we all outlive our usefulness and West Brit Oireland does not need discredited people who might make listeners turn away from the meedjia even more..

  8. #23
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Meath
    Posts
    8,426

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Quote Originally Posted by pluralist View Post
    I think Apjp was being ironic.
    Good to know my tone of contempt is still visible if not audible.

  9. #24
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Meath
    Posts
    8,426

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Quote Originally Posted by pluralist View Post
    Next they came for Fintan O'Toole but I did not speak up because I am not a partionist.

    Edit: to be somewhat serious, I've come to appreciate O'Toole's commentary. Perhaps like a fine wine, his analysis has matured with age. His critiques of the Labour Party's performance in government are all the more effective, because he used to be supportive of that party. But he still has a huge blind spot on 'the national question'.
    SF are worth a vote at the minute if only because they remain relatively 32 county like and somewhat to the left.

  10. #25
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Meath
    Posts
    8,426

    Default Re: Hookgate

    I don't know, I would sooner listen to RTE for all their faults or better yet, LMFM than such a proud far right radio station myself.

  11. #26
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    1,870

    Default Re: Hookgate

    George Hook interrupts too much. He talks too much when he should be letting his guests say what they have to say.
    They are his main faults as a radio presenter.
    He is not a women hater. He recons rapists are scumbags, he said so in the piece which got him into trouble. He also stated the bleeden obvious when he said women (and indeed men) should show some cop-on and not act like the world is a safe place.

    Visitors to Dublin both in my taxi and staying in our home (english language students) are often amazed at how safe Dublin is, especially if they come from somewhere like Mexico. I will always caution them against becoming too relaxed. There are a small minority of people who will rob them or do them harm as happened to one of our students in Temple Bar. That does not mean I condone the scumbags who pose a threat.
    So it is with George Hook. If we cannot say "be careful", which, when we cut through the deliberate mis-quoting, is all Hook was saying, then we really are being asked to pretend we live in a la la land where evil does not exist and we should act like nothing malicious could ever happen to us.

    There is a lynch-mob mentality behind the calls for Hooks head. His colleagues in Newstalk who turned on him are spineless outrage fashion-followers. Mary Coughlan going on air just so she could display her ability to kick someone when they were down by walking out takes virtue-signaling to new hights.

    Whether one supports Hook or not is not a matter of whether one agrees with his politics or not. It is a matter of whether common sense will be allowed prevail on the airways or whether a cloud of pretense will envelop all on-air comment. Will we have reflections on the real world or reflections on a world of unicorns, rainbows and fluffy clouds where anything nasty descends like lightning and could not ever have possibility been avoided.

    If you can ignore the anti-left nonsense at the stare this goes on to give a good analysis of the witch hunt and what he actually said:

    Actually on second thoughts click link below and get to the analysis of what Hook actually said:

    https://youtu.be/HkbanLfEV7U?t=3m5s

    Or if you prefer the full video:


  12. #27
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    2,853

    Default Re: Hookgate

    It is funny to see people like TinTin posing as some popular commentator who would be a loss to a station like Newstalk. He's an irrelevance who writes for a newspaper that continues to lose readers. Hook is a shock jock and draws in an audience and some of that audience want to be offended. If he is reaplaced by some politically correct non-entity with all the approved PC opinions and attitudes, then NT will lose its audience for a highly competitive time slot. NT cannot afford to lose listeners.

    Regards...jmcc

  13. #28
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    2,627

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcc View Post
    It is funny to see people like TinTin posing as some popular commentator who would be a loss to a station like Newstalk. He's an irrelevance who writes for a newspaper that continues to lose readers. Hook is a shock jock and draws in an audience and some of that audience want to be offended. If he is reaplaced by some politically correct non-entity with all the approved PC opinions and attitudes, then NT will lose its audience for a highly competitive time slot. NT cannot afford to lose listeners.

    Regards...jmcc
    What are you on about? He specifically acknowledges that he fully realises that his boycott of News Talk will make no difference whatever.
    "If you go far enough to either extreme of the political spectrum, Communist or fascist, you'll find hard-eyed men with guns who believe that anybody who doesn't think as they do should be incarcerated or exterminated. " - Jim Garrison, Former DA, New Orleans.

  14. #29
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    2,853

    Default Re: Hookgate

    Quote Originally Posted by pluralist View Post
    What are you on about? He specifically acknowledges that he fully realises that his boycott of News Talk will make no difference whatever.
    He's an irrelevance. If anything, people like TinTin not appearing would boost audience figures as they can get that kind of stuff from RTE if they want it.

    Regards...jmcc

  15. #30
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Posts
    213

    Default Re: Hookgate

    in fairness lads its not right whats been done to hook!!!! alls he said was gettin scuttered can get you into trouble....

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Share us
Follow Us