Kevin Myers if one of Ireland’s best regarded journalists. For decades he has been known for his incisive reportage, his coverage of the Troubles and his tendentious columns.
Lately there has been much comment on BBC pay scales where two-thirds of the best paid presenters are male. Kevin Myers wrote about some of the most handsomely remunerated women in the BBC. Mr Myers pointed out that these two women : Claudia Winkelmanna dn Vanessa Feltz are Jewish. He went on to write that people of that ethno-religious community “are not known for selling their talent for the lowest possible price.” Is any community known for selling itself short? I think not.
*What was the implication of Myers’ column? Was he suggesting that they are better paid on account of being Semites? Do they drive a hard bargain or is there Jewish Cabal that helps them? The former is the kindest interpretation of his words. It could be that this man is peddling Judophobia
Myers has long been noted for his controversial columns: The Times knew this. He once called himself a Holocaust denier. When he explained his beliefs it was patent that he was nothing of the sort. The worst thıng he saıd was the horrıfıcally offensıve claım that Afrıca exports nothıng but AIDS. Myers seems to be juvenile and prone to stoking controversy simply to attract attention.
There are two ıssues here – do I agree wıth hıs vıews and second of all should he be allozed to wrote for the Tımes of London ın spite of his edgy vıews. I disagree with what he wrote about Miss Feltz and Miss Winkelmann. Some of those who profess the most outrage about Myers’ column will be Zionists. One could draw the inference from this piece that Jewish people are avaricious. This is a well known anti Semitic trope. Yet Zionists then defend the State of Israel which appointed spokespeople who call for the deliberate killing of civilians. This is much worse than Myers’ unpleasant opinions. This is not to say that everyone is permitted to be horrid to different ethnicities. It would be better if no one disseminated such bile. If Myers does not learn his lesson then perhaps in future he should be let go.
Of course the Times should still keep him on. They approved his column without endorsing every word. We read columns to expose ourselves to views that we do not share. That incldues unpalatable ones like tthose of Myers to some extent he is a provocateur. He is paid to stir controversy. We do not want anodyne columns.