Saturday 19 August 2017

A consensus media is like one hand clapping

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan
Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Last Saturday week, a sunny morning, I set out in flying form to drive from Skibbereen to Tralee. Alas, I made the mistake of tuning into the Marian Finucane show where Danny Morrison was rubbishing Richard O'Rawe's critical account of Gerry Adams and Morrison's role in the H-Block hunger strikes, which led to the deaths of ten prisoners.

Aine Lawlor, one of my favourite presenters, standing in for Finucane, has no radical-chic agendas. But presenters depend on production teams to keep them up to speed. But I doubt Lawlor was told this was the third time Danny Morrison had criticised O'Rawe's account on RTE radio without challenge.

Lawlor's interview would have been more incisive had she been supplied with a copy of O'Rawe's plea for a right of reply, published in the Sunday Independent of January 2012, "Why Won't Pat Kenny Let me Debate Danny Morrison?" But of course the Sunday Independent is largely read in Montrose for the same reason a priest once told me he read Marx: to find out what is wrong with it.

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