Clichés become clichés because they’re mostly true, except when they happen to be utterly dishonest excuses for vile behaviour.
One that stands out for me is the utterly-discredited nonsense about hard cases making bad law, a pre-digested fallacy that has been used to justify every sort of oppression against women for as long as I can remember, and what’s more, a thoroughly meaningless mantra which is never challenged by our world-leading, cutting-edge journalists.
Sadly, our world-leading, cutting-edge journalists are now bowing the head to another truism: paper never refused ink, even when that paper is metaphorical and thus we see the tabloidisation of our broadcast media, including RTÉ.
We know the broad outlines of the Graham Dwyer murder case. We also know that Elaine O’Hara was a woman with unusual and personally-harmful preferences.
Do we need to know any more than that?
Do we need to hear an RTÉ reporter, wearing a fake-respectful mask, intone the humiliating details of Elaine’s texts and interactions on social media? We know what was going on. We get it. Do we need to hear Fergal Keane telling us in his particularly soulless delivery things that only Elaine and her therapist needed to know?
In my opinion, this is vampire journalism.
This is news porn dressed up as public-service broadcasting.
Shame on RTÉ. Shame on the Independent.
We know what was going on with this poor, dead woman. There is no need to drag the details around like a dog would drag some unspeakable thing found in a hedge.
Isn’t it about time to show some respect?