David Norris: Trial By Media
David Norris was elected as in Irish Senator in 1987. In March 2011, he put himself forward as a nominee to become President of Ireland. Two months later, the Senator was mired in a controversy caused by the reappearance of two interviews, which he had given and that threatened to derail his presidential campaign.
“This is the cruellest thing that ever happened to me,” Norris told Irish journalist Joe Jackson at the time of the original publication of one those interviews in 2002. More recently, Norris has claimed that an interview Jackson himself did contains the “definitive rebuttal” of all the allegations made against him nearly a decade ago and says it “saved” his life. The senator made similar claims in relation to a 2011 interview Jackson did.
This book contains the transcripts of those lengthy, in-depth interviews, plus a third interview conducted during the presidential campaign, the subsequent
articles, and presents a critical perspective to the way the Irish media in general dealt with the Norris controversy. Trial By Media also tells David Norris’s life story in his own words.
Joe Jackson is an author, journalist, and broadcaster. His books included Troubadours and Troublemakers (Ireland Now: A Culture Reclaimed) and Other Voices, Other Rooms, A Personal History of Folk Music, which he co- authored with singer Nanci Griffith. Jackson’s articles interviews have been published globally in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Humo. He has interviewed 1,000 world famous musicians, artists, and politicians and has worked for Ireland’s most prestigious broadcast and print media, such as RTE Radio 1, The Irish Times, and Sunday Independent. Jackson is compiling a collection of his most inspirational interviews, Walk On With Hope in Your Heart and working on a play and a memoir based on his experiences as the biographer of actor Richard Harris. It is
titled, Excuse Me While I Disappear.
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About the Author
Joe Jackson, June 18th 2012,that pic of me is memory of a wonderful moment last Saturday, Bloomsday. Along with 110 other Irish writers I took part in a 28 hour reading session at the Irish Writer's Centre where we all attempted to break the Guinness Book of Records world record for public reading and did! I was thrilled.
I'm probably best known as an interviewer who has published five books and had my articles included in newspapers and magazines all over the world, from The Irish Times - I was their music interviewer for a decade - to Playboy and Rolling Stone. But I'm a writer! I decided at nine years old to become a journalist, when I saw a movie called Deadline Midnight, starring Jack Webb, that made journalism seem like a knightly quest. But when I was 20 my dad told me one night that he was abandoning his secret dream of "becoming a literary creator"and, in a knightly fashion, I picked up the gauntlet and decided to become both a journalist and literary creator. What a stupid thing to do, right?
But I can be stupid in ways,and after years of working on plays, poetry, memoir, and even giving readings of my own poetry, I moved into music journalism in 1985, with an Irish magazine that sadly now I'd rather not name. By 1988 The Irish Times was saying that magazine was "noted for its probing interviews conducted by" little old me. I loved interviewing right away, it helped me bring together my passion for literature, psychology, and even poetry, in ways. Then I did a degree in Popular Culture and started to apply also a socio-political microscope to people I interviewed and it all became even more fun.
I mean that seriously, folks. At the time, during the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, I was interviewing, or rather "grilling" terrorists, politicians, even a Taoiseach and two future presidents of Ireland.
So, now, I've drawn back from interviewing and with my new series of self-published book, The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus, I am making available the original, unexpurgated typescripts, plus the Back Story of my experience with each interviewee, and drawing heavily on diaries I kept at the time. I'm also exploring the option of making my more than 1,000 interviews available as MP3's and/or CD's.
Upcoming subjects for The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus series include, Bono, Tori Amos, Gerry Adams, Richard Harris, Elvis, Sam Phillips, Johnny Cash, The Chieftains, Bob Geldof, The Corrs and themed books such as 'Sex', 'Drugs' and, you guessed it 'Rock 'n' Roll'!
I do hope I sell a few copies and can continue creating what will be my real legacy, as opposed to the versions of my work that are sold without my permission elsewhere and too often bastardised version of my writings, sadly!
If you read this far, I thank you for that! You must be a sucker for punishment!