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Ok, change made.  Shlock/shoddy would perhaps best describe the journalism which misrepresents and uses a very simplistic analysis (which made no pretence to be otherwise) and claims it to be the authoritative prediction of an academic body - just to feed the writers agenda.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 07:47:26 AM EST
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Erm - I keep pointing out that the Right has no problem with lying to gain or hold on to power, yet amazement and outrage continue to appear when it happens.

Of course it's a naked and utterly dishonest attempt to swing the election. What else would it be?

A more useful question is - what's the most effective way to respond? What media or other event would put FG back on the back foot?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 09:06:33 AM EST
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Fine Gael are forever on the back foot as evidenced by their dismal failure to take electoral advantage of Fianna Fail's catastrophic performance.  In some polls Labour have actually been ahead of them, which is quite something given that Labour have been the perennial 10% party.  Interestingly the Irish Times, which could be regarded as sympathetic to Labour has given the Red C poll almost no prominence - far from the screaming front page headline of the Independent.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 11:23:46 AM EST
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Interestingly the Irish Times, which could be regarded as sympathetic to Labour has given the Red C poll almost no prominence - far from the screaming front page headline of the Independent.

It's interesting to me that you say that - I've always thought that the IT were a FG paper. However, the indo is as close to a tabloid as a broadsheet can get- I consider it the Sky News of newspapers...
Therefore I'm never surprised with the screaming headlines. Look at Google news (.ie) and be amused at the "shock" headlines from the Indo compared to more restrained versions in the IT...

Eg:
Brace yourselves for Adams in the Aras (Indo)
Government wants to rush financial Bill (IT)

Back to the topic - I'm not sure that the polls represent reality. I'd suspect that there are a lot of FF supporters that are ashamed to admit it to a pollster and they are hiding in the Independents/SF column. We'll have to wait and see. Personally, I'm really looking forward to voting the B*stards out...

by piobar on Mon Dec 6th, 2010 at 03:44:28 AM EST
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