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Reader riposte: Being Gerry Adams


Sam Roggeveen


11 February 2010 11:30

Mark Coughlan writes:

I'm long-time reader of The Interpreter, thanks for your writings and observations, very enjoyable.

Regards the interesting post on the Taliban media strategy. Just one observation, pedantic as it may be: 'Zabihullah Mujahid is the moniker adopted by the media spokesman for the Taliban. He is the Taliban's Gerry Adams – eloquent and available for comment 24 hours a day.'

Gerry Adams wasn't a moniker, he was and is a spokesman for Sinn Féin/IRA. He is very much real. The Sinn Féin/IRA did use a moniker - "P O'Neill" - when interacting with the media. Adams himself probably used the moniker a few times, but 'Gerry Adams' was, someone would say unfortunately - others thankfully - very real.

Mark draws a slightly long bow here. The stated comparison between Zabihullah Mujahid and Gerry Adams is clearly that they are both 'eloquent and available for comment 24 hours a day'. I really don't think the author, James Brown, did imply 'Gerry Adams' was a moniker.

Still, nice to know Mark Coughlan is a reader. He blogs at a site called The Story, dedicated to transparency in Irish politics and public life. The site hosts government documents and data that the readership is then invited to dissect for evidence of corruption or incompetence. The site was recently mentioned in a London Times story about the evolution of Ireland's blogosphere.