Crooked politicians and dodgy businessmen are not the only ones who suffer from severe amnesia when it comes to accountability; journalists too, it seems are prone to the condition.
Jody Corcoran, writing in the Sunday Independent, uses a scatter gun to blame all and sundry for the mess we find ourselves in.
The present government, the Opposition, the Trades Unions, our flawed political system, an apathetic electorate, a grotesquely fattened public service, the HSE, the Mahon Tribunal, Charlie McCreevy and the OECD – All, that is, except Bertie Ahern.
Apparently, Ahern, who was the most powerful man in the country from 1997 to May of this year had no hand, act or part in the mess the country finds itself in. In a long and rambling article (over 2,000 words) Corcoran only mentions Ahern once in relation to benchmarking.
“Bertie Ahern did not want the hassle, so he set up the benchmarking body.”
That’s it, one sentence and the great Bertie is free of all responsibility.
Of course, the reason for this unbalanced and unprofessional article is simple. For years Corcoran has worshipped the ground that Ahern walked on. No matter how bizarre or pathetic the actions and words of his hero Bertie, Corcoran defended him to the last.
And, like his hero, Corcoran simply doesn’t have the courage to tell the truth.