Paul Clark of the Covenant.
What was that all about on UTV News last night. A week long series of reports on the “Ulster Covenant” seems reasonable enough. And perhaps tonights promised report on Nationalism and the Covenant will do something to restore some balance to Paul Clarks strangely personal report last night.
Starting his Report with a visit to May Street Presbyterian Church where his grandfather heard a sermon on the Covenant in 1912 before walking out to sign it…….actually a couple of days later because the crowds were too great. Paul Clark even held up a “piece of family history”…….the Covenant signed by his grandfather in 1912.
Paul Clark is rapidly becoming the “Face of the Decades of Centenaries” ….on UTV at least. He is probably UTVs face with the most “gravitas”. This kinda thing seems to be his kinda thing. Visiting war graves in Flanders…..”Royal Visit”…..Titanic……and no harm in that.
But as the Titanic Experience showed, journalists got caught up in a Good News narrative that Belfast is just wonderful. Just look at those MTV Awards. Increasingly it looks like there is a narrative for the upcoming Decade and journalists will set aside anything that puts a darker shade on the Covenant…..
In journalistic terms, Paul Clark’s piece on the Covenant last night was an outrageous “puff piece” and unlikely to be balanced by tonights piece on “nationalism and the Covenant”. Meanwhile up at Stormont, there was hard news….a different narrative where an SDLP-led motion to censure a leading light in the 2012 Remembrance Campaign was being discussed.
Was it given proper recognition on UTV News last night? Why not?