Revealing truth about Twittergate
Published 06/11/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- Firstly I would like to congratulate Michael D on his election win. I would also like to compliment Eoghan Harris and Brendan O'Connor for their articles on October 30, 2011. They told the story of the election as it was and not as some of the other media would have us believe. As citizens of this State I think we are entitled to "the truth in the news" and this is what both these columnists delivered.
Nobody will be able to tell how many people changed their voting intentions as a result of the intervention of Martin McGuinness regarding Sean Gallagher or indeed how many changed their intention as a direct result of the allegation which came from a Twitter comment which reportedly came from a Sinn Fein source. It's a pity that the Frontline team did not investigate this to ensure its source was genuine and then decide to use it or not. As a Sinn Fein representative said on radio on Friday, while admitting that what happened was a political ambush, the Twitter incident had nothing to do with them as a hacker had made the comment.
We are lucky to have people such as Eoghan Harris and Brendan O'Connor who, as responsible journalists, report what other media dismiss, not because it's popular but because it's the truth.