Is there always a need for “Balance” ? December 13, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics.
I watched “The Crossing” on RTE last night , a powerful documentary on the LÉ Samuel Beckett’s deployment in the southern Mediterranean. On Screen we saw people rescued , drown, fail to be resuscitated , family members learn that other family members were dead. We also heard horror stories of the journey to the Libyan coast, rape, death and abuse by people traffickers.
An ad break later and we had “Claire Byrne Live”… members of the Defence Forces who had served on ships in the southern Mediterranean were introduced and interviewed. They told stories of their time aboard the Navy’s vessels ……. we were then introduced to Minister Paul Kehoe who echoed all our sentiments in praising the work of our Defence Forces and the work in this crisis….. and then we were introduced to actor Liam Cunningham and the ‘Journalist’ Ian O’Doherty.
O’Doherty was his usual objectionable self and after a few minutes I just had to turn off. Why though did they have him on? presumably he was on for “balance” but do we actually need this “balance” when discussing some issues? What topic is there that having “balance” would now be beyond the pale?
It’s one thing in a Referendum where RTE are obliged to have “balance” and certain people get their 15 minutes of fame, but there seems to be a growing trope of Irish Katie Hopkins impersonators only willing to appear on the airwaves to provide “balance” no matter how odious the subject or their views. I can’t believe these people are Ratings winners or am I alone in switching off?