Fake News and the Real Citizens Assembly
IN BRIEF: The Irish Times are making up facts about the Rally for Life and are being grossly biased in their journalism. This is fake news.
80,000 people attended the Rally for LIfe on the 1st July. The Rally has rightly been dubbed ‘the real Citizens Assembly’ and tens of thousands who marched on Saturday will do everything they can to ensure the 8th amendment would be saved.
“This is an incredible, powerful day, when massive crowds of ordinary people turned out to Save the 8th, to say no to abortion and yes to Life, to tell Leo Varadkar that he would lose this referendum on abortion, because the pro-life majority has arisen and will work night and day to Save the 8th,” said Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute. “We were expecting 50,000 but as the Rally moved through Dublin City, up to 80,000 people brought the city to a standstill as they joined in to Save the 8th.
Sadly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the media has been largely quiet on the event. The little reporting focused on clashes between the pro-life marchers and the pro-choice protesters, which in reality, consisted mostly of the tiny pro-choice crowd screaming at the people at the rally.
The Irish Times is particularly guilty of this kind of distortion. Not only has it painted this false picture of the day, but it has apparently made up the numbers of people who attended the rally. They estimate between 10,000-20,000 and cite the Gardai as their source, yet when contacted the Garda Press Office confirmed that it did NOT give this figure to the Irish Times. So where did they get it?
Even if this figure came from a credible though mistaken source, honest reporting would have mentioned that most estimates for the numbers present were over 70,000.
This is fake news. This is propaganda.
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