I was doing radio last night and missed THAT interview given by Bertie to Mark Little on RTE in which he had a right cut at the media, for hounding him over BertieGate.
I heard from colleagues that there was a definitie sarkiness there - with a reference to 'highly paid' journalits (from a very highly paid politician incidentally).
I wrote this morning and have written and spoken before about the disconnect between the media and the public - the people have spoken, so the cliches go, in a language very different from that of the media.
But he shouldn't complain. Ahern sold himself as an unsullied politician, especially coming as he did after the Haughey years, with all the venal graft associatged with it. He keeps on reminding people that he set up the Tribunals. And sure, the way it was leaked into the public domain was very unfair and was indeed designed to damage him.
But irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the leaks, the fact that he had taken a 'dig-out', the fact that there were some strange circumstances surrounding the purchase of his house, raised legitimate questions that went to his credibility as a leader.
Sounds a little high faluting. And a lot of the public don't agree that there should have been that unremitting scrutiny. But they were legitimate concerns nonetheless.
From a journalistic perspective, the stuff about hacks being on high expenses and the implication that they are given riding instructions to go out and shaft him was without foundation.
But there you go. The people spoke. And they spoke against us.