What now for political discourse and media’s coverage following Green TD outburst?

Interestingly, the media pick-up, particularly RTE’s Marian Finucane’s Show on Sunday which covered the Green Party TDs expletive outburst, probably highlighted, not the paucity of political discourse and debate in the Dáil chamber( which has consistently failed citizens and voters exposing the powerlessness of the chamber, particularly for effective opposition, through its obsolete and ineffective structure and content) but reflected more on the hunting in packs element of a ‘dumbed down’ media and public sphere highlighted effectively through our public service broadcaster and in particular Marian’s show yesterday.

Her focus on criticism of the opposition for goading the Green TD, while not entirely unjustified, revealed her own attitudes and highlighted the lack of any rigorous media inquiry and probably told us more about the spin power of political communication.

We are surely in a sorry state of affairs when we’d prefer to phone Joe Duffy rather than take to the streets in protest?

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