I would normally start my day by reading the headlines.
Unfortunately this is becoming more and more difficult.
There was a time when The Irish Times was considered to be a trustworthy and educated newspaper and I suppose that image is difficult to shift. In the last while however I have noticed a sad tendency of a one respected paper to litter the front page with click-bait. Today for example I see ‘I keep cheating on my boyfriends and I don’t know why’ or ‘Houseplants: Where to buy them in Ireland, and the best apps for keeping them alive‘. Yes – broadsheet headlines! Clicking on the links just brings up a banner demanding a subscription. They used to have a subscription only section but that seems to have gradually increased to include virtually every article. So they’re off my list.
RTE was another port of call. I suppose that was a case of loyalty to the Old Firm but their articles seem to be reasonably accurate, if a little biassed towards the politically correct view. For some reason though the site apparently isn’t available outside Ireland which I quickly discovered when I started using a VPN. Maybe they just have a thing against virtual networks? Anyhows it’s irritating having to switch networks off and on just to view a website. They are down the list and in danger of falling off the bottom.
The Journal is reaching the top of the list, once I learned to ignore their constant banners about “news not being free” or “Support us now”. [Hint for anyone using Firefox’s uBlock Origin – right click on a page element and click on “Block element…”!]. They are very much a cut and paste news outfit and tend to clutter the place up with items about sport but at least they are readily accessible.
I had tended to avoid The Examiner in the past but find myself increasingly drawn to them. They used to be The Cork Examiner and their loyalty to the area is still apparent which I suppose is fair enough.
I don’t know quite why I turn to the News so readily. There are few items of interest apart from the threat of war in the east which might affect me if it went nuclear [Shannon is an obvious target in a world war?]. I don’t give a shit about Norn Iron and their Brexit/Good Friday Agreement argument except for a mild amusement at attempting to solve a paradoxical conundrum. As for Boris? Hah! Fun to watch, I suppose.
The only big news of the day is that Queen Lizzie has formally endorsed her idiot son as heir to the throne. Not only that but she’s endorsed Camilla as queen. I’m sure many Diana fans with take to that one easily?
Maybe I should just invent my own news?