I haven’t visited the Kate Fitzgerald saga for a while but seeing as The Irish Times’ editor, Kevin O’Sullivan, is due to meet her parents tomorrow over the censoring of her final words, I decided that this observation might be quite timely.
What is the bigger crime for a newspaper to commit – to falsely accuse somebody of being a Nazi or to annoy some PR consultants? I had always assumed that it was the former but The Irish Times has shown me the error of my ways in its recent handling of the Kate Fitzgerald affair. Let’s compare the cases….
It seems pretty clear from the above evidence that the Irish Times obviously regards falsely alleging that someone is a Nazi sympathiser is far less serious than upsetting Terry Prone. I wonder whether Kevin O’Sullivan will illuminate the thinking behind this point at his meeting with the Fitzgeralds, whose dead daughter’s reputation was sacrificed to placate Prone and her company, the Communications Clinic.