Tuesday 21 November 2017

How the media lion became a pussycat

When we most need brave journalists juvenile hacks fail to broach tough issues, writes Gene Kerrigan

It's official, 2012 is going to be a "very rough" year for jobs. "The next 12 months are going to be difficult on the employment front," says Richard Bruton. Translation: government policies will force redundancies and close countless workplaces. That won't be the way it's explained, of course.

The media will convey the currently fashionable fairytale. It seems Ireland is thriving under the dynamic leadership of Kenny and Gilmore, but the rest of Europe is dragging us down, endangering the "hard-won gains" of austerity.

In the rough years ahead, we could do with an inquisitive, sceptical media. We could do with a media that questions dogma. A media that challenges the mindless repetition of failed political policies.

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