Saturday 20 January 2018

Jody Corcoran: 'Frontline' and that bogus tweet: you can't defend the indefensible

RTE's claim that there was 'no time' to check out a game-changer is astounding, writes Jody Corcoran

'THERE simply wasn't time to check the authenticity of the tweet before mentioning it on air," Peter Feeney, the Head of Broadcast Compliance at RTE, has said in a detailed reply to a viewer from Cork of the controversial Frontline presidential debate on October 24 last.

There simply wasn't time?

By any yardstick, this is an extraordinary admission for the national broadcaster to make -- extraordinary and inaccurate -- but even that admission is not the most extraordinary in Feeney's reply, dated December 20 last, which has been seen by the Sunday Independent.

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