FXR wrote:Every Sunday morning they broadcast a Mass.
Superstitious Fool wrote: True, or it might be a service from the very small Church of Ireland or another even smaller Protestant church. Public service broadcasting for the sick or elderly (license-payers, though perhaps not the elderly) who would like to get to a church but can't. Anyway they have downgraded the Sunday morning broadcast on radio to Long Wave.
I've only ever seen them braodcast the CCL version on Sunday mornings but granted I don't make a habit of watching it every Sunday. Moving the radio version to Long Wave might just show how afraid they are of cancelling it alltoghter.
FXR wrote:At the investure of the new CEO of a foreign state they carried live and more importantly completely uncritical coverage of the whole thing as they did the funeral of his predecessor.
Superstitious Fool wrote:News stories, as perhaps the viewing figures would suggest. Good television by any standard as spectacles. (ITV and Sky weren't too different in their coverage.) You would probably find plenty of "comment" programmes on which the shortcomings of both the dead Pope and his successor – according to the Irish Times world-view – were explored in detail and unchallenged.
The other stations reported on the event. RTE on the other hand broadcast it like the Media Wing of the Vatican. If it was the head of any other state they would not have left out his handling of child rape but in Rome that's a no no.
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FXR wrote:They also covered the post death promotion live of some guy from Mount Argus as they did World (catholic) youth day.
Superstitious Fool wrote: New story of interest to a great many Dubliners of the class who don't read the Irish Times, and spectacle.
I don't think a handful of religious Dubs justifys an outside live broadcast from Italy with the attendant expense of flying over an entire production. If that number of people merited that kind of coverage the entire scheduel would be swamped with hours of live local pub quiz teams, wife carrying from Kerry, and stamp collectors weekly meetings.
Superstitious Fool wrote: The priest talking about the car crash is just tabloid television. Show me a single instance in which a priest took the opportunity to make a religious point. As for Cardinal Brady, he was the first senior Catholic figure to comment on the reasons for the Lisbon outcome. Hard news.
Running around every car wreck and tragedy to the local priest for comment is just 1030's Ireland alive and well in RTE. The very fact of putting him on as some sort of community "leader" is a religious statment in itself. Notice the difference when the same type of events are reported on other stations. RTE by comparison looks like a co-promotino for religion and funeral directors.
Mr. Brady is not elected by anyone so his opinion is no more reportable than the man in the street. Like I said in the same broadcast the report inadvertedely showed the guy could'nt even pull a crowd.
Superstitious Fool wrote: Honestly, sometimes when religion gets television coverage it is just because it will generate viewer figures. Just like the All-Ireland Final or some British football match which I don't want to know about. So I turn off the television, or change channels, or read a book — just as you can do when something comes on that bores you.
It's not the fact it gets coverage it a case of what's covered in what way and what is convienently left out. While they report propoganda statements from Herr Ratzinger in Rome they have in the past months managed to leave out his more whacky ones like "zee fires of hell zay are reel" or the one about the south american natives and catholicism "Zecretely they must havf been wishing for Christianity which vas not imposed by force" (the muskets must have acted independently)