This thread is started by me to ask those ex-pats who lived and worked in the likes of France, Germany, etc, if they have noticed a substantial difference in the quality of media, and range of opinions from commentators, as compared to here in good ol Ireland?
As for Ireland, from a personal view - it seems to me that our media in general tow the line on the likes of the current economic measures, and our relationship with the European Union, is overwhelmingly seen as positive.
Also, it is not so long ago that several of them closed ranks on former Taoiseach's Brian Cowen's 'tired and emotional' behaviour in Galway. Also, there is a distinct lack of discussion from commentators as to where Irish society is heading in the post-Celtic Tiger years.
I also find that a lot of the political correspondents on TV/Radio tend to parrott what was said in Leinster House by the politicians, instead of providing their actual thoughts on what was said.
Ultimately, it feels like the profession gives way to the 'small country syndrome', where it is very important to avoid potentially p1ssing off those in power.
As someone who is too unfamiliar with the papers and networks on the continent, do they simply care less about criticising powerful people and institutions?