On Thursday 23 September the Isle of Man held its General Election to the House of Keys, the parliamentary equivalent to the House of Commons. We brought the main media organisations on the Isle of Man together to discuss how they covered the elections and what impact the coverage had.
Whatever your view of the result, it was a wretched and dispiriting election campaign. Politicians seldom broke away from churning out the same sound bites, and on social media there was a level of viciousness that was unbearable.
It’s therefore not exactly a surprise that the mainstream media, pressured by parties and harried by online trolls, had a rough ride in the 2019 general election, too. It is difficult, as the proverb goes, to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.