Rodd Hogg has taken to social media to express his disappointment in a Johnston Press publication today.
The newspaper published numerous inaccuracies following a social media post by Rodd Hogg last Friday afternoon. The article was in relation to the cancellation of the ‘Super Sunday’ Event in Portrush.
The paper described the popular magician as ‘angry’ followed on by spelling his name incorrectly. The paper went onto describe this years stunt in which was infact last years in which thousands of people from all over Northern Ireland flocked to see the local magician restrained, put into a box and lowered into water which was the first stunt of its kind by a former window cleaner from Northern Ireland. Rodd Hogg had three minutes to make his escape in front of thousands of onlookers before running out of breath.
In a social media statement this evening local magician Rodd Hogg said “Today a leading Northern Ireland newspaper reported on the cancellation of my stunt. I never spoke to them, nor did I did speak to the 3 other papers that got in touch this week, for the simple reason I did not want to put to chance, my words being twisted. They can’t twist what they don’t have, or so I thought. Plus, I had said all that I wanted to say on the matter. This paper got the story from right here, on my FB, but I would like to point out..
1. I am not angry. I am gutted. (Massive difference)
2. The stunt did not involve a box, or handcuffs. It involved a rope, a straitjacket, and a huge height. (Massive difference)
3. They spelt my name wrong. (Lazy journalism taken to the next level)
Ironically, this comes about after a social media post I shared recently, about greed, power, and ego, and the impact the authorities and media have on everyday society. Incidentally just last week we issued a press release for a theatre show, that I did on Saturday night past. A paper based 35 miles away published it. My local paper, refused to. It certainly has not been a week for local supporting local.
I would however like to thank, the likes of Cool FM, Q Radio, Belfast Live, and The Causeway Coast Community, and to you the public, from all over the globe I might add, who constantly support me, and my work.
The power of the pen is mightier than the sword. No truer words than that!”