RTE Director General Dee Forbes during an Oireachtas hearing last year
“RTÉ – and all Public Service Media organisations (PSMs) – prizes its independence, objectivity and impartiality. It’s in our DNA and, truthfully, it’s an established principle in Irish society.
Yes, we have the usual conversations about fairness and balance, from all sides, but I wouldn’t call it political pressure and I don’t think that is something that RTÉ is subjected to.
To be frank, the principles to which we have adhered for decades, and to which all PSMs adhere, are fundamentally designed to combat fake news anyway.
We have been battling fake news since our foundation and our very existence is a marker in the sand against disinformation.
This is why PSMs are a cornerstone of democracy, and anyone who thinks that’s just a soundbite should look now to Russia, to Poland, to Romania.
Societies can pivot very rapidly and without strong PSMs that pivot is all the easier.”
RTÉ DG Dee Forbes.
Also: Deesingenuous, Deeplorable and Deeply dippy if not positively Deemented.