Saturday 20 July 2019

Lucinda Creighton slams RTE interviewers after Late Late grilling

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton
Ryan Tubridy

By Elaine McCahill

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has accused RTE presenters of being hostile when interviewing politicians.

Ms Creighton was speaking after she and Renua president Eddie Hobbs appeared on the Late Late Show on Friday night to discuss their new party.

She described the interview questions as "predictable" and said she wasn't given adequate time by Ryan Tubridy to answer or discuss Renua's policies.

"That's how these political interviews are conducted these days and to be honest I don't think it does any service to the public as you don't get a chance to answer the questions," Ms Creighton told the Herald.

"I think it would have been very difficult for the public to get a grasp of what we're about [on the Late Late Show].

"I'm not singling out Ryan Tubridy - most of the interviews these days are conducted in the same way unfortunately - it's almost like it's ticking boxes rather than being interested in what you have to say.

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy

"I think the feeling on a lot of those chat shows is that you treat political guests differently ... that you behave in a hostile kind of fashion.

"If you look at interviewers around the world they are not necessarily hostile or aggressive, they have more subtle ways to get the best out of their guests," she continued.

"I would have preferred the old Brian Farrell or John Bowman style which at least gave people a chance to answer a question," she said.

"I think it is much more interesting for the public to actually hear the answers rather than a barrage of questions but I think that is very much a feature at RTE, especially."

Ms Creighton also said she believes Irish people are not interested in political interviews as they don't glean any information from them.

"I think there's also the whole issue of social media and traditional media feeling under pressure by it," she explained.

"I think they are trying to compete with that factor as well but it turns people off.

"It's part of the reason why so many people are not interested in politics because it's always barking and shouting.

"It's a combination of factors but I don't think it serves a purpose in terms of the political interest," she said. "It's much more important for the public to find out the gritty details of what a party or a politician is about that than hearing a barrage of questions," she added.

A spokesperson for RTE last night said they did not wish to comment.

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