Italy: Meloni Govt. Accused of 'Ruthless' Influence Over State Media

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The Facts

  • Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's right-wing government has been accused of trying to bend Italy's public broadcaster RAI [Radiotelevisione Italiana] to its will after a series of high-profile departures, including left-leaning talk show hosts Fabio Fazio and Luciana Littizzetto.

  • This comes as the former managing director of RAI, Carlo Fuortes, resigned earlier this month, claiming that the state-funded TV and radio outlet is undergoing an ideological purge on the orders of the new government.


The Spin

Left narrative

The Meloni government couldn't wait to get their hands on the levers of state media power, and now we know why. Not only is the ultraconservative regime taking over state media but all state-run cultural departments as well. Brothers of Italy is currently trying to disrupt decades of antifascist progress, and shaping the public discourse is step one in this regressive effort.

Right narrative

Each report on Giorgia Meloni's cultural policies is baseless. The left-wing media globally despises her not because her ideas are wrong or she's evil, but because she has common sense beliefs and promotes true Italian culture. The left needs to invoke fear in the public to blind them from the fact that its decades of tearing apart the nuclear family and religion have been a net negative to society.


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