@BBCnireland @SpotlightNI conflict journalism at its worst and so juxtaposed to state visit, playing into hands of the bigots? How's that?
— Prof John D Brewer (@Prof_johnbrewer) April 8, 2014
The State Visit of Michael D. Higgins to England and the banquet coincided with a BBC broadcast on alleged IRA gunrunner "Spike" Murray. This caused quite a stir on Twitter. This shows how conflict journalism remains controversial and divided. Some taking a censorial stance. Others more frontal. It shows how some stories could be hidden by fear of causing instability.
.@Prof_johnbrewer @SpotlightNI Are you saying, professor, that you would prefer the BBC not to make politically-sensitive revelations?
— Sam McBride (@SJAMcBride) April 8, 2014
.@Prof_johnbrewer @SpotlightNI You sound nostalgic for the 'responsible' BBC of the 1920s when controversial issues couldn't be reported
— Sam McBride (@SJAMcBride) April 9, 2014
Jaw-droppingly disgraceful tweets from QUB academic @Prof_johnbrewer re: last night's Spotlight. Unbelievable.
— Newton Emerson (@NewtonEmerson) April 9, 2014