Friday 16 November 2018

It's not news that Leo's foot is in his mouth again

The Taoiseach's comments in New York on fake news were clumsy - but journalists shouldn't get too precious about their trade, writes Frank Coughlan

'Leo Varadkar dumped on our valiant fourth estate at a private lunch in New York by telling bemused guests that he was on Team Trump when it came to fake news. Or some such.' Photo: PA
'Leo Varadkar dumped on our valiant fourth estate at a private lunch in New York by telling bemused guests that he was on Team Trump when it came to fake news. Or some such.' Photo: PA

Frank Coughlan

I tuned into The Tonight Show last Wednesday because I felt the need to engage more fully in a story that was gripping the nation, or at least that part of it that lives in a self-regarding bubble.

That, of course, was of how Leo Varadkar had dumped on our valiant fourth estate at a private lunch in New York by telling bemused guests that he was on Team Trump when it came to fake news. Or some such.

TV3 hosts Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates had gathered a stellar cast. It included Eamon Dunphy (well, there was no football on), Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty and journalists Sinead Ryan and Ellen Coyne.

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