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Colm O'Rourke Bluntly Answers Accusations Of Southern Bias Made Against Sunday Game

Colm O'Rourke Bluntly Answers Accusations Of Southern Bias Made Against Sunday Game

For an All-Ireland competition, the 2015 championship has gone a long way towards copper-fastening partition (hyperbole intended).

Going by the noises emanating from 'up there', Tyrone folk are more convinced than ever that the whole southern media establishment is biased against them.

Chief among the targets is RTE's flagship GAA programme. Former UTV anchor and Tyrone supporter Adrian Logan wrote this week that the Sunday Game should rename itself 'The Southern Game'.

In his Indo column today, Colm O'Rourke, who was widely accused of indulging in a spot of nordie-baiting on last week's show, bluntly answered those accusations.

I have worked on the Sunday Game for 25 years and never once has anyone involved in the production of the programme asked me to do anything which gave advantage or disadvantage to any individual player or county...

Nor does Mickey Harte's current communications policy, which involves giving Joanne Cantwell and other RTE sideline reporters a wide berth, have any bearing on their coverage.

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Some small minds may think that because Mickey Harte or his players do not give interviews to RTE that there is some animosity towards him. I could not care less if he never again talks to the station.

Rather, O'Rourke contends that 'the truth flows from the pictures' and the pictures condemn Tyrone. It wouldn't be an O'Rourke article if he didn't find the level of manliness lacking.

Tyrone 'practise some of the most unmanly acts on a pitch without any apparent censure from within.' The manager needs to act, according to O'Rourke. He has the power to stop it if he so wishes.

Read more: Peter Canavan Lashes Out At Media For 'Jealousy' Over Tyrone's Success...

Conor Neville
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Perennial finalist in stand-up comedy competitions and former Contract Lawyer/ Coal Salesman with Corless, Corless and Sweeney

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