Kevin Myers Foot and Mouth Disease

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | July 31, 2017 2

I had the misfortune to buy the Irish edition of the Sunday Times today.

It contained no property section (“Golly gosh, they have fled the nest and we are left with an unheatable, unmaintainable pile we want somebody else to pay millions for!!”) but did contain another appalling article by Ireland’s worst Pub Bore. Seeking to be, oh ever so controversial, Kevin Myers excelled himself by being sexist and misogynistic with an extra dollop of anti-Semitism  on top for good measure. Commentators said it was a “disgrace” that the piece had been published, while another pointed out that Claudia Winkleman has a regular column with the Sunday Times. 

Now it has been announced Kevin Myers won’t write for the Sunday Times again after a column he wrote about equal pay for women was branded as “sexist” and “anti-Semitic”.The Sunday Times Ireland press office confirmed the decision to RTÉ News. Earlier today, the online version of the article was removed, and both editors of the British and Irish editions issued apologies. The opinion piece, which appears in the Irish print edition, is critical of recent calls for equal pay for men and women in media organisations, after the BBC published its list of highest-paid stars and only one woman made the top 10.


In the article, which is entitled “Sorry, ladies – equal pay has to be earned”, Irish journalist Myers argues that men may get paid more for a variety of reasons: “Is it because men are more charismatic performers? Because they work harder? Because they are more driven? Possibly a bit of each.”

In a later section, the article highlights that the two highest-paid female BBC presenters are Jewish.

It says: “I note that two of the best-paid women presenters in the BBC – Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz, with whose, no doubt, sterling work I am tragically unacquainted – are Jewish. Good for them. Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity.

The article goes on to speculate that Marian Finucane earns such a high salary for her RTÉ show because she may have a male agent. Senior management at the Sunday Times sent an apology to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism after it complained about the article. Frank Fitzgibbon, editor of the Sunday Times in Ireland, said: “On behalf of the Sunday Times I apologise unreservedly for the offence caused by comments in a column written by Kevin Myers and published today in the Ireland edition of the Sunday Times. It contained views that have caused considerable distress and upset to a number of people. As the editor of the Ireland edition I take full responsibility for this error of judgment. This newspaper abhors anti-Semitism and did not intend to cause offence to Jewish people.”

Myers was sacked by the Irish Times In 2005 in Geraldine Kennedy’s finest moment as editor. He attracted considerable criticism for his column, “An Irishman’s Diary”, in which he referred to children of unmarried mothers as “bastards”:

How many girls – and we’re largely talking about teenagers here – consciously embark upon a career of mothering bastards because it seems a good way of getting money and accommodation from the State? Ah. You didn’t like the term bastard? No, I didn’t think you would.

— Kevin Myers, An Irishmans’s Diary, The Irish Times, 8 February 2005

Kevin Myers has rightly been dispensed with by the Irish edition of the Sunday Times for this offensive article with its extra helping of casual anti-Semitism. As stupid as this article is the rubbish by UK commentators about some Murdoch corporate agenda is equally brain dead. This was an Irish freelancer on a local edition paid to be controversial. As with Richard Littlejohn, Rod Liddle, Mad Mel, Carol Malone, Kate Hopkins, etc; it is the most vacuous and unethical form of anti-journalism from congenital underachievers who could not earn an honest living elsewhere. I knew Kevin slightly with the Irish Times crew at Frank Lavery’s Fleet Bar many years ago. Despite his aggravating minor English public school manner many thought he would be an outstanding journalist.

 Sadly, after more than 30 years, unlike Kevin, the rest of us are a lot wiser.

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