Am I the only person in Ireland who feels that the coverage of Southern Irish politics is extremely biased in favour of Fianna Fail and the PD's?
What makes me think this is I have yet to observe or hear a government spokesperson/minister being asked a hard question on RTE; or being pressed for an answer to the question asked rather than making a speech which is what they seem to be able to get away with now.
Also there is never a murmur when a government minister is "not available" whenever there is an opportunity for debate. Just listen to taoiseach Ahern who always seems to be reciting a rehearsed answer to pre interview submitted questions.
I would single out the following for pro government bias: All news presenters, all morning Ireland presenters. Also Sean O'Rourke, Mary Wilson, Miriam O'callaghan (her brother is a failed FF candidate in Dublin) Geraldine Harney (sister of Mary) and regular commentator Noel Whelan (another failed FF candidate!)
They seem to fawn over a government member and denigrate anyone who opposes FF/PD policy.
FF must be thrilled that they have all their people in place to help spin their message for the election.
Some bloody democracy. You will never see RTE refer to an independent think tank such as TASC (http://www.tascnet.ie) because their work highlights the governments lack of direction.
Also, when the government altered the Freedom of Information office and scope a few years ago there wasn't a murmur from RTE which was surprising as they are supposed to be the Public Service Broadcaster.
Thank heavens for Matt Coopers objectivity!