Saturday 20 January 2018

Montrose blinded by its peace-process tinted glasses

RTE is so wedded to its feelgood narrative that it fails to ask the hard questions, writes John-Paul McCarthy

John-Paul McCarthy

IF ANYONE was still struggling to understand why RTE has had such a poor presidential election cycle, two of its recent programmes helped to clarify the basis of Montrose’s analytical malaise.

The reason RTE proved such easy prey for Martin McGuinness before he walked into Miriam O’Callaghan’s haymaker on Prime Time is its unquestioning commitment to the “peace process” narrative.

Being so wedded to a conservative, feelgood understanding of the 1994-2007 period, RTE lacks the motivation to subject the titans of the peace process to strict scrutiny because deep down it feels that such scrutiny “undermines the peace process”. Something like this indulgent thinking could be savoured during Gerry Adams’s outing on Morning Ireland last Monday.

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