Wednesday 25 April 2018

Jody Corcoran: Let's do the time warp again on future of media

Politicians here relish the prospect of taking journalists to task for the sins of Murdoch's empire, says Jody Corcoran

Those two idealogues in Government, Leo Varadkar and Pat Rabbitte, last week chose that Official Ireland love-in, the MacGill Summer School, to sound off on the future of the media in a debate entitled 'The Media and Democracy'.

Both were in agreement that they did not want an Irish Murdoch or an Irish Berlusconi -- and so say all of us.

It is good to know that neither minister wants politicians to cravenly prostrate themselves in pursuit of power, as they routinely do in the UK; nor a Taoiseach who fancies himself, in this order, as a womaniser, football club owner and controller of television content.

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