Wednesday 22 November 2017

Mooney and the Ministry of Truth

Derek Mooney. Photo: Peter Houlihan / Fennells
Derek Mooney. Photo: Peter Houlihan / Fennells
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

The numbers just don't add up. That may be the problem for RTE as they try to navigate their way through the legal landscape in the aftermath of the BAI's incredible decision to censure Derek Mooney for off-handedly telling some gay men on his light entertainment programme that he hoped they would one day be able to get married.

The implied propaganda in Mooney's benign best wishes may have had to be tackled, but where on earth, the state broadcaster must be wondering, are they going to dredge up enough anti-marriage cranks to provide that all-important "balance" every single time a gay person appears on the air?

The personae of Pantigate must be emotionally exhausted from the whole issue but now you have producers trying to yoke them back into a backbreaking schedule of objecting to other people's happiness.

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