Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 9. 9 May 1972
Those people who read my article Irish Muck Raked in the last Salient will have noticed at least two places where the article did not make any sense. Some Protestant proof-reader had obviously been at work.
In the second paragraph of the fourth column on page nine, the article as printed reads: "Fention noted several other incidents where Protestants in safe areas have been blown up, which "have been credibly disowned by the I.R.A. The most celebrated about 100lb, had been left in a corridor." With the 22 words ommitted it should read: "The most celebrated", he says, "is the explosion in the Four Step Inn, in the Protestant heartland of Shankill, where a huge amount of gelignite, about 100lb had been left in a corridor."
In the third column on the top half of page 11, a quote from Conor Cruise O'Brien reads: "The Irish News continued, "Dr. O'Brien said most newspaper reports at the time and pinned the blame on the now defunct 'B' specials. "This should read: "The Irish News continued, "Dr O'Brien said most newspaper reports at the time and studies by impartial writers showed it was the R.U.C. who ran amok. The report to some extent 'white washed' the R.U.C. role at the time and pinned the blame on the now defunct 'B' specials".
Also in the second paragraph of the fourth column on page 9 James Fention is quoted as saying about John McKeague, leader of the Shankill Defence Committee, "There is no evidence that his activities have divided the Protestant ranks."