Substituting trivia for politics…

This piece by yours truly in today’s Sunday Independent, is less of a review so much as a reading of some of the main themes of John Lloyd’s recent essay on how the media illserves democracy (registration needed) in an Irish context.

IT’S hard to believe, but the presidency of the most powerful democracy on earth may swing on what two rival groups of Vietnam veterans say about some minor skirmishes in the Mekong Delta over 30 years ago.

And it’s not just an American thing. [In Ireland], the unauthorised use of Fianna Fail party letterheads in Gorey during the local council election campaign dominated the national news agenda for three days. (full version)

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