Opinion David Quinn

Saturday 21 April 2018

Media bias is distorting public debate and eroding our democracy

"Frances Fitzgerald, was asked no tough questions about the Children and Family Relationships Bill whatsoever. That is a failure of journalism."

David Quinn

Enda Kenny was on 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' on Wednesday. One of the topics that came up was the forthcoming marriage referendum. O'Rourke did what few other presenters on any station has done to date; he asked a campaigner for the 'Yes' side a question that showed a proper understanding of the 'No' side's point of view.

O'Rourke said to him: "There's that famous quote about cherishing all the children of the nation equally . . . But your critics would say . . . if you want to cherish all the children of the nation equally, a good place to start might be to provide for them to be reared in a family where they can have the benefit of being reared by a father and a mother and that definition, which is the traditional one, is being thrown out the window as a result of this referendum if carried."

That is exactly the right question, because the section of the Constitution we're being asked to change isn't called 'Marriage' at all, it's called 'The Family'. We're being asked to change not only how we define marriage, but the family also.

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