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WATCHING the “new” Late Late Show on Friday night I was dismayed when Ryan Tubridy asked Taoiseach Brian Cowen about his drinking.
I would be all in favour of quizzing the Taoiseach about political and economic affairs.
But the nastiness, cheapness and rudeness of the question about the Taoiseach’s personal life was disturbing. In relation to certain matters in his own life, Ryan Tubridy appealed for privacy some time ago. To the best of my knowledge most people complied.
The public respected his privacy and allowed him his own space, as they should have done to my way of thinking. Why then ask the Taoiseach such a question? It implied he had a drink problem which, given the nature of his office, is deeply worrying.
I am not a card-carrying member of Fianna Fáil. I am very critical of the manner in which it allowed our current economic problems to develop.
Good investigative journalism or talk shows can be respectful to their subjects or hosts.
Mr Cowen was treated disgracefully last Friday night. There is no need to attempt to embarrass or humiliate anyone in a live chat show (or am I old-fashioned?). I would suggest Mr Tubridy owes the Taoiseach an apology.
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