Deferential and docile: how RTE hit wrong note

RTE's coverage of the state visit missed a perfect opportunity to show how a modern republic can respectfully present its President as one of the people, writes Conall O Morain.

13th April, 2014

Damned if you do, and damned if you don't. That was the dilemma faced during the week by RTE and its coverage of the state visit by President Higgins to Britain. The issue is not whether or not there should be coverage - as the state broadcaster with a public-service remit, RTE had to cover it - and we all, no matter how cynical, wanted to see at least some of the highlights. The real...

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