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    Gemma O'Doherty absolutely nailed it last week at UL. Well worth a read.

    don’t make any distinction any longer between RTÉ and the O’Brien-owned media. If anything, I would hold more disdain for the state broadcaster because it is failing its public service remit so blatantly and really does deserve the name it is more commonly known as on social media: ‘RTEBIAS’.It seems to disregard the fact that it is accountable to the public who pays so that it may exist.
    There are so many examples of this, it has almost become the rule rather than the exception.

    There is no doubt that a culture of institutionalised complacency now dominates RTÉ where some presenters earn more than David Cameron and Barack Obama, and certain journalists see themselves as celebrities, appearing on the cover of Hello-style magazines and red carpets in designer dresses.
    When they are not interviewing each other, they’re rolling out the same clique of voices and seeking to rehabilitate people who’ve been disgraced in the public eye.
    So what is the effect of an obedient, cowardly media on society?Joseph Pulitzer once said that a cynical, mercenary press would in time produce a people as base at itself.
    There has certainly been an attempt by some segments of the media to dumb down the population, and when citizens start to challenge authority and engage in dissent, they refuse to report those challenges fairly.
    A vivid example of that has been the bizarre coverage of the Irish Water movement and the so-called ‘sinister fringe’.
    [This] week, a journalism conference in Kerry will be opened by Noirin O’Sullivan who has presided over a litany of scandals in her time as Garda Commissioner. Joan Burton and Frances Fitzgerald are among the other speakers. That really says it all.
    We need to smash the cosy cartel that exists between the press, power and the police in this country because it is so damaging to the public good.

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    Good girl.
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    Gardai are forcing news agencies to hand over all their photographs of protests.

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...st-387883.html
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    Well done Gemma O'Doherty. I really hope this gets picked up by the BBC given that it looks like RTE is doing its best to ignore the story.


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    Looks like that video embed isn't working. The trailer for Gemma O'Doherty's documentary on Mary Boyle is here:

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    I see the Guardian has removed its Mary Boyle story. Wonder what happened there?


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    "pending investigation" ?

    Is anyone showing this documentary ?

    There are many real difficulties about attempting to take on a criminal investigation through journalism.
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    The documentary will air in the next ten mins or so on Youtube.

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    Better watch it before it gets taken down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    Thanks
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    More than half way through - yes, a very sloppy police investigation, but so far, no confession or any solid evidence of who might have killed Mary Boyle.

    There does not seem to have been any very systematic mass search of the kind we might now expect. It is possible that she walked a long way, died in a remote spot, and her bones never found.

    Suspicion based on some limited circumstantial evidence is not enough.
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    Well worth a look. Its obvious that everybody close to the case including the retired gardai who investigated it at the time are in absolutely no doubt about what happened.
    Interesting also that Gemma O'Doherty puts down RTE's lack of interest in the case to the fact that one of their journalists has consistently advanced theories that defect suspicion from the main suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaddyJoe View Post
    Well worth a look. Its obvious that everybody close to the case including the retired gardai who investigated it at the time are in absolutely no doubt about what happened.
    Interesting also that Gemma O'Doherty puts down RTE's lack of interest in the case to the fact that one of their journalists has consistently advanced theories that defect suspicion from the main suspect.
    I have great respect for Gemma O'Doherty, but am generally not keen on trial by TV.

    It is one thing to use investigative journalism to highlight a miscarriage of justice that has resulted in wrongful conviction.

    It is another to point to an individual and imply guilt, on the basis of suspicion, outside the context of a trial.

    I was struck by the interview with a retired policeman who suggested that if only he had been able to harangue a suspect (who was denying guilt) a bit longer then he/she would have cracked. In context, the editorial seemed to suggest that he should have be left to let rip.

    We have seen that kind of thing go horribly wrong.
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