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Media Watch.....Is everyone getting their fair share of airtime?


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Folks, I would like to use this thread to monitor the Irish Media in the run up to the next Council and General Elections. If possible, I would like to list all of the guests from Political Parties on Radio and TV shows starting from today.

Some of the shows that we could monitor for balance are listed below, feel free to add others.


The Week In Politics

Primetime

The Frontline

Morning Ireland

Tonight with Vincent Browne

Drivetime

The Last Word with Matt Cooper


It would simply require someone to put up something like................

"Fianna Fail's Willie O'Dea on Drivetime today"
or
"Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty on The Frontline later"
or
"Fine Gael" leader Enda Kenny on The Last Word shortly"
or
"Labours" Brendan Howlin will be on the week in Politics this week"
or
"Socialist Partys" Joe Higgins is on Morning Ireland tomorrow"

"The Technical groups" Luke Flanagan is on Tonight with Vincent Browne

You get the picture..........


At the end of each week or month we could do a tally to see if all is fair in the World of Iriah Media.


Thoughts?
 

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The Phoenix had an interesting story about Marion and the % of SF members she invites to the show. I think SF have complained to the BAI.

Sinn Fein sent RTE a Freedom of Information request for the listing of guests with a political affiliation from February 2011 to May 2012. Apparently there were 35 guests connected with Fine Gael, 28 with Independents and others, 19 with Fianna Fail, 15 with Labour, and just two with Sinn Fein!
 

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The Phoenix had an interesting story about Marion and the % of SF members she invites to the show. I think SF have complained to the BAI.

Sinn Fein sent RTE a Freedom of Information request for the listing of guests with a political affiliation from February 2011 to May 2012. Apparently there were 35 guests connected with Fine Gael, 28 with Independents and others, 19 with Fianna Fail, 15 with Labour, and just two with Sinn Fein!
Very Interesting. I must try to get copies of guestlists from some of the shows and put them up here.
 

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I don't think raw presence is all that useful. Both RTÉ and all the political parties will be monitoring that assiduously.

What I would think more important is differences in the sort of treatment they get, which I are both more decisive and more difficult to demonstrate. The issues they pick, the tone and content of questions asked, the timing of appearances and even the format of the show* are all much more important than the simple presence of political reps of each colour.

Imo, RTÉ was dreadfully pro-Fianna Fáil and desperately anti-Labour during the last election (though it should be said that Labour did itself no favours either).

It will be interesting to see what happens during the locals campaign.


* Imo, the format of the Frontline, for example, could hardly be better designed to provide an outlet for the worst in populist demagoguery, as opposed to thoughtful discussion.
 

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The Phoenix had an interesting story about Marion and the % of SF members she invites to the show. I think SF have complained to the BAI.

Sinn Fein sent RTE a Freedom of Information request for the listing of guests with a political affiliation from February 2011 to May 2012. Apparently there were 35 guests connected with Fine Gael, 28 with Independents and others, 19 with Fianna Fail, 15 with Labour, and just two with Sinn Fein!
Finnucane's little bailiwick is perhaps the single broadcasting outlet most deserving of bulldozing in the country. Her obvious partiality, dinner-party guest collection habits, selective rudeness, editorial laziness and blatantly biased editorialising should be more than enough to override her bonhomie and pleasant, auntyish radio voice. I could also mention her coffee cup stirring, slurping and microphone banging, but that would be strictly off topic.
 

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Folks, I would like to use this thread to monitor the Irish Media in the run up to the next Council and General Elections. If possible, I would like to list all of the guests from Political Parties on Radio and TV shows starting from today.
Good idea FF - worth a try to get some handle on who is appearing on the media - glad to be of assistance

Fine Gael's Frances Fitzgerald (Minster for Children) just interviewed on Newstalk's Lunchtime today.
 

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Watch out for ways the Montrose Labour Cumann work their way into other programmes.

Last time there were council elections, they even had a character in Fair City have a Labour Party leaflet stuck on their fridge.
 

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Watch out for ways the Montrose Labour Cumann work their way into other programmes.

Last time there were council elections, they even had a character in Fair City have a Labour Party leaflet stuck on their fridge.
I doubt that particular evil plan was cooked up at Labour HQ.

The cliché about the power and of stickies at RTÉ was only ever about 25% true (the rest being invented by Haughey-era Fianna Fáil to facilitate their subsequent takeover of the station). It is now utterly out of date (with the possible exception of a props handler in Light Entertainment).
 

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Pascal Donohoe's name will appear a lot of times in this thread, I reckon.
 

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I doubt that particular evil plan was cooked up at Labour HQ.
It was thought up somewhere though. Or do you believe that it was just a happy accident?

There is still a lot of bias in RTE towards Labour.

You only have to look at something like the Frontline Aras Debate (this day last year I think) to see the difference in the way Michael D was handled to every other candidate.
 

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It was thought up somewhere though. Or do you believe that it was just a happy accident?

There is still a lot of bias in RTE towards Labour.

You only have to look at something like the Frontline Aras Debate (this day last year I think) to see the difference in the way Michael D was handled to every other candidate.
I don't agree with your view. On the contrary. Higgins was treated the way he was treated for a variety of reasons, none of which involved any pro-Labour sympathies of the programme presenter or producer, or indeed of anyone else in Frontline.

I'm not sure about Nally's political sympathies, but he's certainly not a historical labour sympathiser. The idea that Pat Kenny might be pro-Labour is frankly laughable.

The Labour leaflet on the fridge could easily have been the work of a naive labour sympathiser working as a prop handler on Fair City. He's not typical of RTÉ.
 

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Ya only have to look at the prez campaign to see what the media think of ANYONE outside the big 3 so rampant bias is to be expected.

What did ya expect though , they went to school with em.

Great thing is the public have a habit of seeing through this.

Good idea for a thread though. Always fun to document the bias for future reference :D
 

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I don't think raw presence is all that useful. Both RTÉ and all the political parties will be monitoring that assiduously.

What I would think more important is differences in the sort of treatment they get, which I are both more decisive and more difficult to demonstrate. The issues they pick, the tone and content of questions asked, the timing of appearances and even the format of the show* are all much more important than the simple presence of political reps of each colour.

Imo, RTÉ was dreadfully pro-Fianna Fáil and desperately anti-Labour during the last election (though it should be said that Labour did itself no favours either).

It will be interesting to see what happens during the locals campaign.


* Imo, the format of the Frontline, for example, could hardly be better designed to provide an outlet for the worst in populist demagoguery, as opposed to thoughtful discussion.
I agree with a lot of what you say and in particular the way some people are grilled whilst others are pampered and accept that therin lies the true value of examining what is really going on but if the discrimination is as obvious as it was with Marion (See figures below for her guests) then this could be a worthwhile exercise.


Thanks to ger12 for these figures...............35 guests connected with Fine Gael, 28 with Independents and others, 19 with Fianna Fail, 15 with Labour, and just two with Sinn Fein!
 

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If you can't field enough spokespersons then tough sh*t.
On that point, I would like to see Radio and TV stations refusing to accept or issue statements from people who fail to provide participants for discussions.
 

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Good idea FF - worth a try to get some handle on who is appearing on the media - glad to be of assistance

Fine Gael's Frances Fitzgerald (Minster for Children) just interviewed on Newstalk's Lunchtime today.

Fine Gael TD Jim Daly on the panel of "Tonight with Vincent Browne.
 

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