David Manning and Miriam Cotton are the editors of the media monitoring website MediaBite since January 2007. The aim of MediaBite is to raise consciousness among mainstream Irish journalists of the effects on their journalism of it being embedded within the corporate-owned and profit-led media. Fintan O’ Toole, Eddie Holt, Frank Connolly, Joe MacAnthony, Noam Chomsky, Kieran Allen and others are among the journalists/commentators whom MediaBite have interviewed on this subject – all available free on our website . We also do in depth analyses of coverage of specific topics called Media Shots – available here.
We have set up this blog to broaden our ongoing news media critique and hope to see lively engagement from any and all who are interested in this important issue. We believe that the mainstream Irish and international media generally are substantially failing to provide a truly balanced account of events and that this is having a serious impact on public life in Ireland and elsewhere. Whether you agree or disagree with that assessment, you are very welcome to argue the point on this blog.