Last night there was a discussion on the show about the media and the elections with Browne leveling many criticisms (which were thrown back at him just as well).
In my view this was a very poor election for the media
1) policy was pushed to the side. While the daily press conferences were not exactly lively they were still better than Bertie's finances or Enda's latest photo op.
2) Focus on polls. Over two days. Methodology (codology). Latest. yawn!
3) Bertie v Enda as opposed to the election of 165 TDs
4) Campaigning by newspapers on minority issues eg stamp duty
5) Up until 10.30 on day of close of poll it was all about "alternative Taoieasch" v Bertie, then reality returned.
6) The green party were assumed into the Rainbow without their consent
7) Labour were pushed into corner and couldn't get out
8) Who won the Leaders debate? The pundits v the people's view.
9) Too much focus on that debate.
Perhaps Vincent Browne said it best when he said "The media don't have a clue of the public mind".
Is he correct and are the criticisms justified?