The final leaders’ debate on RTÈ on Wednesday night
The national broadcaster and the main papers kept the distorted coverage going.
Gene Kerrigan, in today’s Sunday Independent, writes:
Reporting on its exit poll [on Friday night], the Irish Times said, “An inconclusive outcome does not even begin to describe what we are left with.”
Ah, now, lads, come on.
You can come to that conclusion only if you’ve totally swallowed the propaganda that this election was about stability versus chaos…
…Fine Gael and Labour asset-stripped the people in order to implement policies which Michael Noonan, in opposition, said were not only unfair but obscenely so.
And then declared themselves the parties of stability.
And the media obliged by selling that message with ferocious zeal.
No one is more gullible than the media when convinced it’s doing a public service by sucking up to those in power.
…The most significant media intervention was RTÉ’s decision to frame the election as an exercise in which the four top parties were supposed to generate the makings of another of those Penny-farthing Coalitions..
…By cutting out everything but the four top parties, in the last debate before the vote, RTÉ obscured the reality of the election – and did so deliberately.
As I type this, I have one ear glued to RTÉ radio as the results come in. An expert has just explained that Enda and Joan made a mess of the TV debate because they failed to mount enough attacks on Gerry Adams.
…Enda and Joan and Micheal Martin could hardly have assaulted the poor bastard more grievously without tying him down with piano wire and pouring molten wax on his nipples.