You are giving Clerkin credit where he deserves none. His article was a disgrace. I read it yesterday and was waiting to see if there would be any comment.
Just to put things in context. On saturday he announces on twitter that he would be calling out the dub snub.
during that day he was involved in a conversation on twitter with Jack McCaffery about it. He asked McCaffery if he was ok with the fact that dublin were not represented on the Irish team.
McCaffery’s reply was “Perfectly ok. It’s not as if a blanket invitation was given to any Dublin players who fancied a shot. None that were asked were available. I’m sure some of the lads would have loved to play. Get over it.”
Clerkins reply was “Fair enough Jack, honest answer. I personally would have been very disappointed not to see my county represented, but each to their own I guess”
You would have thought this would mean that he would go back and re-write this article and refer to what he has been told by a man who was actually involved.
In his indo article he writes
“With that in mind amidst all the social media crossfire, I simply asked Jack McCaffrey was he ok with Dublin not being represented in Australia . ‘Perfectly Ok’ was his reply. A disappointing if unsurprising response”
As you can see he was very selective in what part of Jack’s reply he used. In other words, he set out on this with a pre-determined agenda and conclusion and he stuck to it, to the extent of deliberatly taking a quote out of context and putting a negative comment on it.
Afterwards, after many saw this and called him out on, his only statement was
“Doesn’t need any further debate after today. It was what it was, and reasonable to query. You can make up your own minds” IOW he will not back up what he has done. He may be a Dick, but he has no balls.
Clerkin has 12,400 followers on twitter who saw the ture event, but perhaps 400,000 saw the fabricated version in the indo.
Ok, we know that this is how media works, we have seen many times people saying “I’ve been quoted out of context” but here we have clear evidence of it being done before our eyes.
And yet we have the print media whining and gnashing their teeth over dropping sales, wondering why people treat them as fake news and say they are not credible. You have Vincent Hogan wrigning his hands and crying about the dublin team not engaging with the media.
Well, Vincent, there’s exhibit “A” for ya. Read it and weep next summer.