The Taoiseach's office lodged a complaint with RTE last night over a news report of prank paintings of Brian Cowen being hung in Dublin art gallaries. FF TD Michael Kennedy went one further and called for the RTE Director General to resign over the issue.
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RTÉ apologises for news item on Cowen nude portraits - The Irish Times - Wed, Mar 25, 2009Fianna Fáil TD Michael Kennedy last night called on RTÉ director general Cathal Goan to consider his position. The report “represented a gross insult to the position of An Taoiseach, not to mention a personal affront to the dignity of the man himself”, Mr Kennedy said in a statement.
The item “was obviously seen as a piece of entertainment – biased and partisan entertainment”, and raised “serious questions about the agenda at play in the RTÉ newsroom”, he added.
As RTE isn't broadcast where I live, I didn't see the report. What was it like?
Are FF so worried that these pranks will damage the reputation of the Taoiseach. It would seem to me that these paintings may be more effective satire than many of our current Scrap Saturday wannabes; the Emergency or Nob Nation.
Of course it should noted that RTE quickly bent to FF pressure and withdrew the news report and issued an apology.