Monday 22 January 2018

RTE News is guilty of a disservice to democracy

Last Thursday, the Limerick Leader led with Ann McCabe's attack on Martin McGuinness. Canvassing in Limerick, the Taoiseach and Gay Mitchell piled the pressure on McGuinness. But RTE's David McCullagh dismissed it as "just another newspaper cycle dominated by his republican past".

Take a moment to ponder that "just another newspaper cycle dominated by his republican past". Because it's likely to find a permanent place in the lexicon of political and media jargon. If not, I can rent it a room.

McCullagh is consistent. Two weeks ago, he was equally downbeat in his reaction to David Kelly's devastating confrontation with Martin McGuinness on the streets of Athlone. His restraint was the more remarkable given that the greenest observer could see that Kelly had dealt a deadly blow to the McGuinness campaign.

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