Aggressive journalism will not effect results!

Brian Feeney has a warning from history for those journalists and broadcasters that are all too keen to see Sinn Fein cast into an early political grave: “aggressive interviewing might even have contributed to SF’s support because viewers and listeners likely to be sympathetic to SF become annoyed with the interviewer constantly interrupting and cutting in. People want to hear the answer and judge evasiveness for themselves”.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty