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Thread: What is it with the Irish Examiner and Terry Prone?

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    Default What is it with the Irish Examiner and Terry Prone?

    Terry Prone's column in the Irish Examiner ought to come with a health warning. At least it really ought to mention the connection between Prone and the Fianna Fail Party/Government. Prone's day job at Carr Communications - a PR consultancy - includes several contracts with government departments and it has been reported that she is or has been paid a retainer, at Bertie Ahern's discretion, for the Fianna Fail Party itself. For that reason readers of the Examiner ought to have their tongues well into their cheeks whenever she uses her column to comment on current affairs. As she did this week. In her column on Monday, Prone had the nerve to reprimand those affected by the health care crisis, the media, the public at large and just about anyone who feels an appropriate sense of anger at what has happened for giving expression to those feelings. We must not, Prone insists, get into playing the 'blame game'. What fantastic spin! For 'blame game' of course we should read democratic accountability.

    But forget that. Prone would have us believe that the ideal response to all of this, was that of the deferential and tolerant woman who, despite having been given bad news on review of her case had nevertheless declared that she felt sorry for Mary Harney. What a model citizen! What discretion and good sense! If only everybody could be so obliging then Mary Harney and Fianna Fail need not experience a moments discomfitude. The whole problem would go quietly unremarked and everybody would focus instead on the tolerance and sacrifice of people who may even die because of what has happened.


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    Carr Communications are experts in bluster if the Fianna Fáilers that went through their training are anything to go by. Communications and good PR is an altogether different skill.

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    Prone was at it again for Bertie Ahern when the Mahon tribunal scandal broke in September 2006. As Harry Browne observed at the time:

    "This relaxed attitude helps explain the ubiquity of Terry Prone, who gets to go on Pat Kenny's radio-show panel and beam from the front of the Sunday Tribune to tell us what she 'would have advised' Bertie Ahern - and to praise him lavishly - without having to mention that she and others in her family and firm have n fact advised Bertie and almost anyone else you'd care to mention in Irish Politics and been paid for the service."

    http://www.village.ie/Regulars/Meejit/Mahon_mayhem/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aragon
    Prone was at it again for Bertie Ahern when the Mahon tribunal scandal broke in September 2006. As Harry Browne observed at the time:

    "This relaxed attitude helps explain the ubiquity of Terry Prone, who gets to go on Pat Kenny's radio-show panel and beam from the front of the Sunday Tribune to tell us what she 'would have advised' Bertie Ahern - and to praise him lavishly - without having to mention that she and others in her family and firm have n fact advised Bertie and almost anyone else you'd care to mention in Irish Politics and been paid for the service."

    http://www.village.ie/Regulars/Meejit/Mahon_mayhem/
    And she also opined that Enda Kenny was the clear winner of the leaders debate. Her description of Bertie was far from flattering. Doesn't really back up the line being pushed above though.

    I'm no fan of Bertie's, but Aragon's inability to offer anything other than a one dimensional view on any topic is getting tedious....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gimpanzee
    Quote Originally Posted by Aragon
    Prone was at it again for Bertie Ahern when the Mahon tribunal scandal broke in September 2006. As Harry Browne observed at the time:

    "This relaxed attitude helps explain the ubiquity of Terry Prone, who gets to go on Pat Kenny's radio-show panel and beam from the front of the Sunday Tribune to tell us what she 'would have advised' Bertie Ahern - and to praise him lavishly - without having to mention that she and others in her family and firm have n fact advised Bertie and almost anyone else you'd care to mention in Irish Politics and been paid for the service."

    http://www.village.ie/Regulars/Meejit/Mahon_mayhem/
    And she also opined that Enda Kenny was the clear winner of the leaders debate. Her description of Bertie was far from flattering. Doesn't really back up the line being pushed above though.

    I'm no fan of Bertie's, but Aragon's inability to offer anything other than a one dimensional view on any topic is getting tedious....
    Aragon is merely highlighting the compromised nature of the Prone article. What is being presented as a neutral article is anything but, considering Prone is on the gravy train and earning significant sums teaching some of our crawthumpers how to speak English in coherent sentences. It is a valid point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauli
    considering Prone is on the gravy train and earning significant sums teaching some of our crawthumpers how to speak English in coherent sentences. It is a valid point.
    Bertie should get his money back.
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    So, anyone, ANYONE working for Bertie in ANY way whatsoever, shouldn't be allowed express an opinion?

    Guilty by association?

    Christ..................

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    My God, is there to be no end to it, a contrary view to the acceptable wisdom and in a normally reliable blueshirt organ too.
    I’ll never give “the paper” a first preference vote again.

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    Prone worked extensively with Kenny and FG also, and fell out of favour recently with FF over it.

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    Prone at her dark art - article below from the Sunday Tribune before the election. See how she lays into Vincent Browne in this piece which is ostensibly detached professional advice for Fianna Fail - but is in fact nothing of the sort. Prone is careful to present the most positive spin on Ahern's performance when all is said and done. She is telling the readers what to think - suggesting alternatives but reassuring them none too subtly that it will be alright to forgive and forget. She sticks her neck out, though, when she says Vincent Browne is 'mad bad and dangerous'. That's PR retaliation for a high profile media moment in which Browne subjected Ahern to some tough questioning at the FF campaign launch. Ahern did not come out of that experience well but no matter, Prone manages to claim the exact opposite and she does so firstly by attempting to demolish Browne's credibility and then inviting readers to notice Ahern's skill and confidence at dealing with the intrusion. All very well, except that it is not what most people saw - and it isn't the way it happened either:

    http://tribune.televisual.co.uk/2007/05/06/88173.html

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