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Claire Byrne and Farage

  • 19-10-2021 11:38am
    Registered Users Posts: 1,986 ✭✭✭ Sunny Disposition

    Pretty disappointing stuff. Of course Farage is a chancer, but Byrne's approach was to sneer at him and play that Up the RA clip.

    It'd be quite welcome if she exposed him with questions, but sneering and quite literally saying to him that he hasn't got a clue, is not journalism and is not improving anyone's understanding.

    Even bringing on an English nationalist to talk about Ireland's relationship and the EU is a bit stupid, given that there is no popular support for leaving here. RTE's current affairs coverage is going backwards.



  • Registered Users Posts: 19,097 ✭✭✭✭ Ash.J.Williams

    too easy Claire :) cheap stunt but still funny seeing him squirm

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,799 ✭✭✭✭ markodaly

    Wasnt the best from RTE or from Claire Byrne. Plenty of better ways to conduct an interview than take something completely out of context and ham it in there.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,986 ✭✭✭ Sunny Disposition

    Telling your guests they haven't got a clue plays well on Twitter, where there is little room for reasoned comment, but RTE should be trying to do better.

  • Posts: 0 ✭✭✭ Bexley Big Vessel

    His up the RA comment wasn't taken out of context though... I don't actually think he should have been invited on cause he is very much so clueless about the nation. But he very much so showed what type of person he is in terms of that video.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,468 ✭✭✭ Field east

    Farage could have been torn a

    country have been torn apart

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,146 ✭✭✭✭ DaCor

    If I recall, she's had other run-ins with him in the past and he's spouted the same nonsense then too and she's pulled him on it then also.

    So the pattern goes, he comes on, spouts nonsense, she holds him to account, he gets embarrassed/flustered

    Pity the UK outlets didn't do the same in the lead up to Brexit, the world might be a different place if they had

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,799 ✭✭✭✭ markodaly

    You mean the Birthday greeting ....

    I am sure one can read into the Birthday greeting his entire history and knowledge of Anglo - Irish relations...... FFS!

  • Posts: 0 ✭✭✭ Bexley Big Vessel

    He did a birthday greeting which included him proclaiming "up the RA".... What context am I missing that makes that suddenly okay? He hasn't demonstrated any particular knowledge of Irish history or culture tbh.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,365 ✭✭✭✭ McMurphy

    How was the "up the Ra" clip taken out of context? The point she was making was he didn't have a bull's notion of Irish history and the events surrounding it*.

    Farage went on to release a statement that he had fallen victim to a prank, a prank that saw him shout "up the Ra" (for a fee) as part of a birthday greeting.

    *There's the proof he didn't have a bull's notion.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,186 ✭✭✭✭ Faugheen

    Don't think it's a Farage fan club but more the issue of a woman getting above her station, in my opinion.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,097 ✭✭✭✭ Ash.J.Williams

    i doubt there's a fanclub but it's pretty low brow to ring up a feckin eegit just to show him a stupid video and then let him grandstand to the irish feckin eegits that love him

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,993 ✭✭✭ quokula

    I think she did well, I've seen a bunch of UK media and bloggers picking this up and saying how they wish their own media would hold him to account in the same way.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,867 ✭✭✭✭ mickdw

    She should have kept at him though. He said how dare you and she backed off.

    She put it to him that he knew nothing of Irish history if he could be caught out with the RA comment.

    So she is correct or else he said it in full knowledge of what he was saying. I don't see how you escape from that but she let him off.

  • Registered Users Posts: 79 ✭✭ Will_I_Amnt

    Just watched the interview on RTE player. Anything Farage had to say was utterly predictable. There's HGV shortages in the US, Poland and Germany. There's loads of EU workers being let into the UK. A bit of speil about how Ireland are not ruled by the Irish government, a bit of pretending that the changes to our corporation tax was because of EU membership. Throw in a few lines about inflation

    Mostly the same soundbites Farage has been spouting for decades, getting them in whether or not they have anything to do with the question asked.

    Having him on is really kinda pointless.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,408 ✭✭✭✭ elperello

    It's hard to embarrass such a shameless person as Farage but she came close last night.

    He wears his brand of confidence and self promotion almost like a suit of armour.

    I think most people in Ireland have seen through him by now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,186 ✭✭✭✭ Faugheen

    You haven't seen her hold any of our politicians to account?

    You either don't watch the show or you're a liar. Nobody gets an easy time on her show.

    Of course it's easy for people to say whatever they want on a message board without having to provide any substance whatsoever just to have a go at others, namely politicians and journalists.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,760 ✭✭✭ dudley72

    I would have preferred if they had an interview in the middle with the guy in the dolphin outfit who beat Farage in an election. Might give people a better view of how popular the guy is

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