ROI THINK TANK: MEDIA IS BIASED ON GAY MARRIAGE
Media outlets in the Republic of Ireland have faced criticism for an endless “one sided” promotion of the ‘yes’ vote for same-sex marriage.
The country will hold a referendum on whether to redefine marriage in May this year.
David Quinn, Director of think-tank the Iona Institute, said he couldn’t think of many examples of somebody going on air to say “I’m voting no”.
He was speaking after Senator John Crown voiced support for gay marriage while sitting as a panellist on an RTE radio show hosted by Marian Finucane.
Senator Crown was asked a question on a wider issue but before responding, he said: “By the way, vote ‘Yes’.”
Mrs Finucane challenged the senator for expressing bias and reminded him of their broadcasting rules.
Mr Quinn said: “I’m glad that Marian Finucane challenged him, that’s a good thing all right.
“But there’s basically endless and one-sided promotion of the Yes vote taking place across the airwaves anyway”.
He concluded by saying that “Fairness and impartiality” in the media is “essential to proper democratic debate”