Tuesday 20 November 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: The voters must choose decency or barbarism

The media may be taken in by Mary Lou McDonald, but the electorate seems cannier, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Last Thursday, Dr Colum McCaffrey who taught Political Communication for 20 years in UCD, blogged about media partiality during the referendum campaign for Mary Lou McDonald as a Yes spokesperson. "Over the past few weeks journalists and programme producers - especially at RTE - time and again selected her." Although he thought she did it very well and he agreed with her arguments, he could see nothing in what she said that could not have been said by many others.

Last Friday, a letter from Monaghan reader Raymond Kernan was published in The Irish Times - where he noted that in the previous few weeks "Mary Lou McDonald's photo has appeared almost every day… and sometimes two or three times in the same issue. Traditional readers of The Irish Times are disgusted with this Sinn Fein bias that has crept into your newspaper, and the dead ones are turning in their graves". Especially, one might add, those murdered by the terrorists regularly extolled by Ms McDonald.

Mr Kernan's letter appeared the same day as an excitable contribution from Una Mullally, the paper's resident beater of any "progressive" drum you can think of. The evils of toxic masculinity and gender inequality are always on her mind, which makes her inclined to judge people purely by their stance on her present priorities. "Sinn Fein," she declared, "emerges from the referendum as the only large party with a female leader, now swooping down to grab female voters and the middle classes for whom Gerry Adams is already a memory."

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