Irish America's best journalists


"They can have the Gay Scouts if they want, if they don’t like the values of the Boy Scouts."


7. Kate O’Beirne 

Kate O’Beirne is rather like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, except that she’s a woman, not quite as blustering, and is more nuanced in her views. (I guess that just means that O’Beirne, like Hannity and O’Reilly is right-wing and Irish.) Born Kate Walsh, into an Irish Catholic family in New York, O’Beirne is the Washington editor of the famous right-wing magazine, National Review, she was also a regular feature on CNN’s political program, Capital Gang.

Best quotes

"I have long thought that if high-school boys had invited homely girls to the prom we might have been spared the feminist movement."

"Wanting to see feminists fail came naturally to me."

"The so-called wage gap is the gift that keeps on giving to the modern woman’s movement."


8. Michael Moore

Michael Moore is a kind of left-wing version of Bill O’Reilly: both adopt hectoring, blustering tones, both are equally careless when it comes to accuracy in their journalism, and both are equally unable to take criticism, typically resorting to personal attacks on their critics.

In short, the chances of having a mature, rational discussion with Michael Moore are as unlikely as having one with Bill O’Reilly. Moore, who has said that his family is from originally from Counties Cork, Tipperary and Waterford, has described his parents “as Irish Catholic democrats, basic liberal good people.” And like a couple of people on this list, he is no stranger to a good old feud: with CNN over his movie, Sicko¸ with actor James Woods, the list goes on…..

Best quotes

"These bastards who run our country are a bunch of conniving, thieving, smug pricks who need to be brought down and removed and replaced with a whole new system that we control".

"There's a gullible side to the American people. They can be easily misled. Religion is the best device used to mislead them. People are easily manipulated."

"Having been bumped from Larry King last night for Paris Hilton, I am beginning to take things personally. The priorities in this country are seriously askew."


9. Peggy Noonan

Peggy Noonan is a  Wall Street Journal columnist.  Her grandfather came from Co. Donegal. Noonan was a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and has also worked for George W. Bush. In the last presidential election, she hit the headlines for her devastating – and many would agree, spot on the money – criticism of Sarah Palin. 

Best quotes

On the Irish:

The Irish are often nervous about having the appropriate face for the occasion. They have to be happy at weddings, which is a strain, so they get depressed; they have to be sad at funerals, which is easy, so they get happy.

On Sarah Palin:

"She is a real and present danger to the American left, and to the Obama candidacy."

And later on Sarah Palin:

"The most qualified? No! I think they went for this -- excuse me-- political bullshit about narratives."


10. Chris Matthews

The Irish-American host of MSNBC’s hardball has said in an interview with the Irish Echo that he is “three-quarters Irish”, adding that on his mother’s side, there are Irish families -- the Conroys and the Quinlans, and that a grandmother on his father’s side was a Northern Irish Presbyterian, from the seaside town of Portrush, in Co. Antrim.

To give him credit, he isn’t as easy to pigeon hole “conservative” or “liberal” as many of his contemporaries: he was a critic of the Iraq war, of U.S policy towards Israel, but also of Bill Clinton.

Best quotes

On the Iraq war:

"And on the war, I think my numbers would be a lot higher if I were out there beating the drum for this war. In fact, I don't think it, I know it. But I can't be for the war."

"We've always had a dual role in the region - friend of Israel, and honest broker. We've given up the honest broker role completely."