How the Irish presidential race changed Irish media
A heart of darkness emerged in destructive coverage
Indeed, during the election the media in general seemed to have little interest in the issues facing the next President or their agenda, but were solely intent on dragging skeletons out of closets, regardless of the truth behind the so-called scandal.
With the aggressive questioning and no interest in giving time to candidates to explain in detail their position on issues, my advice to anyone facing such an onslaught would have been to maintain media silence. However, this is impossible in a presidential election and the media took full advantage.
Sadly, it was not the six candidates that failed to become the ninth president of Ireland that were the real losers in this media fest, but all of those who cherish an open, honest and robust media that has at its heart the interests of the people.
So, congratulations to Michael D Higgins. But for those thinking of running for President of Ireland in seven years time remember fools will always rush in where angels fear to tread.
*Paul Allen heads Paul Allen & Associatess Public Relations, and worked for the David Norris campaign.
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