Corcoran's polemic in the Sindo today strikes a new low (along with Fianna Fáil's poll ratings and the relationship between the two Brians - perhaps, like the GAA and the Catholic Church, there is some collective symbiosis and they are all part of the same leviathan).
Corcoran criticises Gilmore and Kenny for not knowing one end of a balance sheet from the other...while he presents himself as a Socratic philosopher (soubtless Eoghan Harris inspired pseudo intellectual rubbish - if he really understood Socrates he'd understand the difference between knowledge and information, and that Socrates' observation was entirely irrelevant to awareness or decision-making), a Keynesean critic, and fiscal advisor to the Government. He rubbishes the Fine Gael thinking that they could find the money for a stimulus package, and in the next paragraph says that he is "given to believe" that Fianna Fáil are planning that anyway.
The title of the piece is about politics before people, but he never argues that point - just that, in essence (I think - it's hard to follow his rant sometimes), that no one knows what's going on. The subtitle is implicitly critical of everyone, including the IMF, bizarrely, for pretending to know what to do - clearly by extension Mr Corcoran knows what to do (and - bless him - he has some suggestions).
His only salvation is his reference to Cowan as a dead man walking, and Bertie as a fool. If only a sop to objectivity, at least allegations of being excessively kind to Fianna Fáil can wait for next week's installment.
It is mindless, cynical, rubbish like this that makes you wonder how this country can still function. One of the lead opinion piece in the country's most read Sunday Newspaper. After his track record of unsubstantiated stories, cronyism, and arrogance, it's a wonder that he still has a job. But someone up there likes him...in better times, maybe he could have been a senator.
Politics before People? Corcoran's diatribe smacks of self-interest before national-interest, cynicism in place of optimism, cronysim before objectivity. He is a disgrace to his profession.
Journalists in this country have as much of a duty to the state as politicians, union leaders and other public representatives. Self-serving amateurish posturing by our leading journalists in good times makes us all look like idiots. In the dififcult times in which we find ourselves, it has the potential to undermine the state itself.