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Star Headline : "They Deserve To Be Shot"
 
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# 1 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 10:56
 
 
Apparently theres a emotive and controversial headline in today's Irish Daily Star, along the lines of they should be shot, referring to Sean Fitzpatrick of Anglo-Irish and Michael Fingelton of Irish Nationwide.
They are of course not trying to incite violence, but they are channelling the anger and frustration that exists out there in the populace. Besides, its a commonly used phrase where the user doesnt usually mean what he says. Ive noticed how the Star can sometimes be the bravest and most forthright on issues when other papers just skirt around and dont capture popular sentiment enough.
Even though Im not part of their target market, I think I might buy it today out of support.

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# 2 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 11:00
 
 
a lot of people bash the star and think that it is a rag. it may not be as intellectually stimulating as rival broadsheets but it shoots from the hip and also exposes a lot more scumbaggery in its truth. you could read a piece in the star and it would actually have more realistic connotations than the same piece in a more upmarket paper.
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# 3 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 11:26
 
 
This kind of headline is The Star's bread and butter and should be seen for what it is, naked sensationalism.
Nevertheless, it has reflected the mood of the people. These people and their cohorts killed Ireland. There is no other way of putting it.
The headline has all the undertones of what happenned Romanian President Nicolae and wife Elena CeauÅŸescu who were both shot straight after a televised kangaroo court in 1989.
Obviously, no one is advocating that solution but if I had a wish list of traitors like the two concerned, I would like to see Bertie Ahern up aganst that wall.
Even Charlie Haughey described him as the most cunning and devious of them all...

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# 4 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 11:29
 
 
Someone said :
Apparently theres a emotive and controversial headline in today's Irish Daily Star, along the lines of they should be shot, referring to Sean Fitzpatrick of Anglo-Irish and Michael Fingelton of Irish Nationwide.
They are of course not trying to incite violence, but they are channelling the anger and frustration that exists out there in the populace. Besides, its a commonly used phrase where the user doesnt usually mean what he says. Ive noticed how the Star can sometimes be the bravest and most forthright on issues when other papers just skirt around and dont capture popular sentiment enough.
Even though Im not part of their target market, I think I might buy it today out support.

Well seeing we're shooting people why not start with the Sindo rejects who write this purile tosh? Populist, reactionary rubbish.
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# 5 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 15:51
 
 
This headline stopped me in my tracks when In saw it in the shop. I was equally amazed that they called then 'bastards' on the sub-heading. I think that was uncalled for but the main heading certainly caught the mood of the nation, as QuickG said.
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# 6 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 15:53
 
 
Anyone can explain me what happened with these two or porint me to where I can find it out?
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# 7 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 16:00
 
 
the star probably got it right......

something needs to be done about what has and is happening....
we need accountability from the top down,, after all brian cowan was minister for finance when all this started.. what was he doing to look after the country,s finances.???
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# 8 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 16:04
 
 
It's irresponsible journalism. Enough people have already committed suicide over worries about their financial affairs - sensationalist headlines like that don't help. They should be jailed not shot.
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# 9 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 16:08
 
 
Someone said :
It's irresponsible journalism. Enough people have already committed suicide over worries about their financial affairs - sensationalist headlines like that don't help. They should be jailed not shot.

True. Jailed at the very least. But we all know that they won't be.
A lot of things need to change in this country.
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# 10 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 16:09
 
 
Someone said :
It's irresponsible journalism. Enough people have already committed suicide over worries about their financial affairs - sensationalist headlines like that don't help. They should be jailed not shot.

More wll, I predict.
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# 11 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 17:59
 
 
This is the controversial front page:

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# 12 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 18:05
 
 
That is a bit much!
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# 13 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 18:19
 
 
Have the two of them done a runner to the United States. Heard this today but don't know if it's true!
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# 14 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 18:22
 
 
Someone said :

They are of course not trying to incite violence, but they are channelling the anger and frustration that exists out there in the populace. Besides, its a commonly used phrase where the user doesnt usually mean what he says. Ive noticed how the Star can sometimes be the bravest and most forthright on issues when other papers just skirt around and dont capture popular sentiment enough

On the face of it, inciting violence is exactly what they are doing! Notice that the headline is not encapsulated in scare-quotes, the usual tactic used by papers when they want to stir things up but need the defence of quoting someone else in the 'public interest'.

I appreciate that the phrase is commonly used as mere abuse, but the context here is ambiguous, to say the least. You could argue it either way ultimately.

Also, the headline isn't simply capturing or reflecting public opinion, it is amplifying a certain section of public opinion.

I think it is over the top sensationalism, trying to bag a few extra sales on the back of public outrage.
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# 15 : Wednesday 31-3-2010 @ 18:30
 
 
Someone said :
Have the two of them done a runner to the United States. Heard this today but don't know if it's true!

Maybe someone was thinking of David Drumm, former Anglo CEO who legged it to Florida?
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