Tulsa Restaurant Deals – Where Tulsan’s Find Cheap Food Specials

•October 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I’ve created a new website called Tulsa Restaurant Deals and here’s the lowdown…

“We make it our mission to tell you about every last cheap meal in the city, be it breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, whether it’s at a cafe, diner, pub or steakhouse, we’ll get you fed for less.

“Discover what’s cheap in Tulsa tonight by selecting a day from the list on the right and browsing our continually updated database of restaurant deals. “For regular updates on new Tulsa restaurant deals why not become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.”

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This blog has closed. But you can keep up to date with journalist David Christopher

•August 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

If you want to keep in touch with journalist David Christopher you can do so here:

davidmichaelchristopher.com

David Christopher Journalisted profile

www.davidmchristopher.wordpress.com

www.twitter.com/davidmchris

www.facebook.com/davidmichaelchristopher

 

 

Irish Euroscepticism was imported by the British

•May 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

irish-noA lot of money is invested by newspaper owners on the assumption that newspapers influence the opinions of their readers.

In the early 1970’s every British national newspaper bar one came out in support of European integration, against a background of public hostility. 62 percent of the public were against entry to the European Economic Community according to a 1971 Harris opinion poll, but four years later 67 percent of Britons fell in line with the press and voted in favour of continued membership.

More recently a European Commission report cited the growth of British newspapers in Ireland as instrumental in shifting public opinion towards rejecting the Lisbon Treaty. UK titles accounted for 41 percent of newspaper sales in Ireland by 2007, with papers like the Irish Sun and the Irish Daily Mail taking a “campaigning Europhobic stance”.

Irish titles have becoming increasingly dependent on UK papers for their European news. The Irish Independent no longer has its own Brussels correspondent and gets its European political news from the Eurosceptic Daily Telegraph whilst the Times was rumoured to be refusing pro-European stories from staff

As Ireland’s press moved from being broadly pro-European to being more Eurosceptic so did the Irish. Newspapers both form and reflect public opinion, but there can be little doubt that Irish Euroscepticism owes a debt to the British press.

Europe’s future is in the hands of the xenophobic British press

•May 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment
The Sun claims to have the power to decide an election

The Sun claims to have the power to decide an election

The sceptics have had all of the most memorable stories about Europe, even if they did make them up.

 

The EU were to ban straight bananas, in fact measurements were only taken for categorisation. Firemen were to be banned from sliding down polls and truck drivers were to have their fry ups replaced with Muesli, but according to the European Commission both of these stories were based on health and safety guidelines not legislation.

David Seymour, Chief Leader Writer and Group Political Editor of the Mirror, accused the Sun of inventing anti-European stories, he said: “Trevor Kavanagh and George Pascoe Watson go around looking for things that they can write an anti euro story about and then they’ll do a leader and then they’ll write a comment piece off the back of it. They’re masters of it – they ought to get an honorary degree for completely made up stories.”

The negative framing of European stories is hammered home by the use of xenophobic language in many tabloids, which is tacitly accepted, and even celebrated, by readers. The Sun repeatedly refers to the French as Frogs and to Germans as Krauts without adversely affecting their circulation.

The Sun’s “Up Yours Delors” headline of 1 November 1990, a rebuff to the ecu, became infamous. A Labour M.E.P called for the paper to be prosecuted for its “Xenophobic racist attack”, while Margaret Thatcher’s press secretary, Bernard Ingham, took heart, he said: “It is expressing the prejudices and feelings of the average Brit.”

And newspaper circulation figures suggest he’s right.

According to the March 2009 ABC figures the Eurosceptic British daily press is more than three and a half times the size of the Europhile press. The Europhile press consists of the Guardian (340,952), the Independent (205,308.) , the Daily Mirror (1,340,131) and the Financial Times (431,900), and has a combined circulation of 2,318,291, compared with the Euroscpetic press, the Sun (3,068,035), the Daily Mail (2,162,462), the Daily Express (725,841), the Daily Star (819880), the Times (600,210) and the Telegraph (824,883), with a combined circulation of 8,261,311.

If newspapers do influence public opinion then it doesn’t take a genius to work out why Britons are so often Eurosceptic.

Time for a Greek Obama

•March 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The undemocratic left

•March 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Podcast #3: Three Europeans discuss riots, protests and political extremism

•March 21, 2009 • 3 Comments

flagsgreek1Play Episode #2

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An Englishman a Frenchman and a Greek woman discuss civil disobedience in the wake of French and Greek riots and strikes. Are we going to be seeing a re-emergence of political extremism?