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RTE must reveal all about Tweet

Published 19/02/2012 | 05:00

SEAN Gallagher may not elicit much public sympathy. He undoubtedly had an association with Fianna Fail which he tried to minimise but never sought to hide. That does not mean he deserved what he got -- an "ambush" prepared by Sinn Fein and executed on RTE. In his pursuit of RTE, the man who had the presidency snatched from his grasp is now doing the State some service.

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The first duty of RTE is to fulfill its mandate as a public-service broadcaster. RTE is in receipt of millions from the taxpayer, much to the chagrin of other broadcasters and media in general who must compete in a difficult environment. As our revelations today show, RTE has the most serious questions to answer in relation to the controversial Frontline presidential debate.

The answers provided by RTE to date are, at best, self-serving and, at worst, misleading. The truth is that it broadcasted a "bogus tweet", the content of which was not verified. To compound the error, RTE failed to correct the record even though it had a responsibility to do so.

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