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    May I ask a naive question? In the opinion of the p.ie contributors, what political leanings/affiliations do the nation's journalists have?

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    O dear, what a can of worms!

    My two cents, our standard of journalism is NOT amongst the best in the world, both with regard to blatant agenda-ising (?) and pure and simple investigative quality.

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    Agreed. I don't see an Irish Jeremy Paxman on our screens, for example. But the nub of the question - party leanings...

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    Well, I'm a journalist and a former member of the Pol Corr lobby so I feel I can answer this with some authority.

    There is a disproportionate representation of Labour supporters, very few FG or FF supporters and practically no PD supporters.

    There are a few more FF supporters than previously but they are still in a tiny minority.

    I genuinely don't think it affects coverage though.

    Journalists tend to be anti-government regardless of who is power. That's just the nature of the beast.

    There's also the fact that the journalists feel that the 2002 election was a con. I covered it and felt it myself. We were lied to by FF in that election but could do very little about it because FG were worse than useless.

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    Well, can you think of anyone pushing SF, Labour or Greens? These parties may, feasibly, represent a third of the electorate!

    The Ruth Dudley Edwards clan holds far too much sway in our political socialisation.

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    Perhas "pushing" is a strong word. Certainly, anything radical seems to be worthy of scorn fom many of the more influential voices.

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    Sinn Fein obviously have a bit of support in Phoenix and other minority media.

    Labour is the party of choice of most of the political journalists.

    I can't think of any Green supporters (although the Labour ones would have sympathies for them).

    Remember though that the journalists see more of the Greens and other parties than anyone else and even the left leaning journalists concluded a long time ago that the Greens are completely bonkers.

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    Oh, and most of the political correspondents are pretty strong believers in the principle of democracy and the fact that it shouldn't be backed up by a private army so there wouldn't be too many SF backers in the pol corr lobby.

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    Oh, there you go!

    As regards principles of democracy, I would direct you towards Noam Chomsky, and then come back to me.. it seems, in many western democracies, your lot are the omniscient "private army" which poses the greater threat to democracy!

    For a fitting recent example, consider the disgraceful behaviour of two of Scotlands leading newspapers today!

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    Eh? Who are my lot?

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