In Ireland, the main national newspapers will list the results of virtually every football match in Irish, English and Scottish football leagues – great! But, I have often found it strange, even ironic, that results of polls published in the same newspapers will list only the top four or so mainstream parties in the country.
This has always seemed undemocratic to me. Generally speaking, it is the left-wing parties who go unlisted. Only this week, for example, the AAA-PBP bloc was listed among “others” despite out-performing the Labour Party in the poll results, 9% to 7% respectively.
This is just one issue which emphasises both the contempt the left is held in by the media, and how seriously the media takes the political and democratic process. You may find the letter from Paul Murphy to the polling companies regarding this issue interesting.
A link to the original Facebook post from Paul Murphy, with an image of the letter can be found here.