On bad photoshop, bad journalism and pissing into the wind

Myers writing in last Wednesday’s Irish Independent:

“Yet there is hardly an RTE radio or television news bulletin in which a reporter doesn’t say the hideous, “He should have saw,” or “he should have showed”, or “he should have went”.”

How predictable is this? A conservative columnist railing against ‘improper use’ of the English language. In this case RTE’s alleged systematic corruption of “he should have seen” into “he should have saw”.

Stop the fucking press!

And who is to blame for this degradation of ‘proper English’?

“These wonderful institutions [colleges offering courses in journalism and media studies] clearly taught their students all about the evils of imperialism and the horrors of male sexual chauvinism and the unspeakable crimes of Zionism, and equally, of the boundless benefits of multiculturalism and quotas.

Clearly, this left little or no time for the relatively trivial matter of teaching people how to write and speak English correctly, talents that graduates must presumably acquire on the job.”

Yet again, its the four horsemen of the apocalypse: universities, feminists, peace activists and…drum roll please…foreigners.

That’s it, last post ever on Myers.

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4 thoughts on “On bad photoshop, bad journalism and pissing into the wind

  1. De bould Kev should look at de punctuation dere. What is dis strange ting where a dash should be?

    ‘But irregular verbs — the louts! — do not stick to predictable case endings and the preterites and the past participles are often different.’

    ‘Correct grammar is not an optional extra for a national broadcaster — until the day that Jackie Healy-Rae is appointed Head of Pronunciation.’

    And isn’t RTÉ supposed to have a fada?

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