June 9, 2014 | WEBBIZ …about the preconciliar Irish Church. Atheist Brendan O’Neill on the Incredible Shrinking Moral Panic ginned up by the Anglosphere media over Tuam. I foolishly forgot my two cardinal rules: 1) the function of media is to sell beer and shampoo and 2) always take of 50 IQ points when the media covers the Church. Make that 100 when the Irish and English media cover it, since they are motivated by active malice. I still think the treatment of unwed mums and illegitimate children was pretty bad in the culture of the time. It’s just that I don’t think there was anything especially Irish or Catholic about it and the highly selective dudgeon is not turning out to be… highly selective dudgeon. Classic media moral panic. Meanwhile, across the Irish Sea, the Brits are incinerating babies for heat.