Does “Irish need not apply” still apply at Newsweek?
The magazine is under fire after publishing an opinion piece this week titled “Why are all the conservative loudmouths Irish-American?”
The article, written by Van Gosse, a history professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., was published Monday and seeks to explain how “putative Irishmen” such as former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan and ex-White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon “are now the face of the hard Right.”
Fox News’ Sean Hannity fired back, calling the article “a disgusting, ignorant display of bigotry.
“Perhaps Newsweek should learn the history of people like my Grandparents who came to this country with no money, faced discrimination and poverty all in the hopes that their children and grandchildren could have a better life.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity is mentioned by Van Gosse as an example of an Irish-American “conservative loudmouth.”
“Perhaps he could learn the story of my father who grew up extremely poor, signed up for [World War II] and served 4 years in the Pacific, who achieved the American dream for his children by purchasing a small house on a 50 by 100 lot. He worked two jobs most of his adult life. Or the story of my mother who worked 25 years in a jail. Their stories are quintessentially American. They loved God, family and country and made the world a better place. Newsweek is a disgrace, and to publish such hatred and bigotry in this day and age is beyond the pale. Likely the reason Newsweek is a failing publication.”
Gosse, who says he is a quarter Irish-American on his father’s side, asked in the article, “Why has the ascent of a bunch of people who in an earlier period might have been called Micks drawn no notice at all?”
He said the rise of the likes of Buchanan and Bannon, as well as Hannity, are not accidental. Gosse links it to former U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, who in the 1950s fueled fears of widespread Communism.
Van Gosse is a professor at Franklin and Marshall College.
Gosse wrote, that by the 1960s, Irish Catholics, once in the periphery of American society, had “finally made it and become fully ‘white.’”
“Having fought their way to full inclusion, many were intent on pulling up the drawbridge,” he wrote.
“Jump forward to the present…Irish America has lost virtually all its distinctive qualities, becoming just one more version of whiteness colored by ethnicity,” Gosse wrote, adding someone saying they are “Irish Catholic” is like saying they are “Midwestern.”
Is this the only way Newsweek can draw any notice?
How common to freely be a racist bigot as long as who you are bashing are white christians or assumed to be christian. Why is this acceptable, why cant you if you are white be proud of your roots, why do we have to be diverse, hey libs go make Africa more diverse or Asia, just march right in on them and bash their history and traditions, ram your morals down their throats. See how that works for you.
We should anyone want to bother to still read this leftists rag why are those who read NEWSREEK such a bunch of wackos and nit-wits who wants to bother themselves with this leftists rag its a waste of wood,ink and free press to continue to read t his liberal rag NEWSREEK
Why do Newsreeks writers insist on being such a bunch of ill-mannnered trolls who eat their peas with their knives belch loudly at the table pick their noses and and cut one all at the same dinner party?
O’Reilly, and Hannity were both hired by a company owned by Rupert Murdoch who is a very wealthy British ‘Sir’ and the son of a British ‘Sir’. Steve Bannon is an agent of the very wealthy Mercer family. They are frontmen.
Buchanan has no ancestors who were ‘Irish-Catholic’. His Catholic religion is derived from his German side. His Irish side was Protestant. To his credit, Buchanan has been transparent about his background but people wish to believe otherwise apparently.
A study done in 1979 shows Irish-catholic Americans to be the second most liberal group in America: page 96 of annual review of sociology, volume 5,1979:
—“Irish Catholics, incidentally, are the most politically liberal Gentile
ethnic group in the country; they are the most pro-integration of any Gentile