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Eilis O'Hanlon: RTE displays a mix of smugness

When it comes to RTE admitting it did wrong, it's so far in denial it can nearly see the pyramids, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 19/02/2012 | 05:00

THEY call it The Frontline for a reason. It's the Praetorian guard of RTE current affairs broadcasting. The SAS of news. It's the big mickey-waving showcase of his massive, under-appreciated brain which Pat Kenny won as compensation for being kicked off The Late Late Show.

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Fridays became unbearable in Kenny's company, but Mondays were going to be magnificent. And if The Frontline was the ultimate bad-ass, then a presidential campaign was the perfect battleground on which to showcase its weaponry.

That was how the final candidates' debate was hyped last October. You've seen the rest, now tune in for the best. You can even forgive everyone involved for feeling the pressure, because The Frontline had a hard act to follow. Miriam O'Callaghan had lit up the campaign the previous week on Prime Time. The stakes couldn't have been higher.

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