The government crisis paradoxically puts the Recovery Fund in the background. Report Osservatorio Tg Eurispes -CoRiS Sapienza
Prime time and the “incomprehensible” government crisis. Silence on the Recovery Plan. Vaccinations, the Italian record in Europe. Trump “removed” from social media: the reflections of Tg2 and Tg5
News from 11 to 15 January – With the start of the new year, the Eurispes-CoRiS Sapienza Tv News Observatory begins again in the week in which the government crisis precipitates. The break between Renzi and the majority, consummated with the withdrawal of the ministers of Italia Viva, “crashed” on Wednesday’s editions, dominating the following days. The news can’t help but foresee the possible scenarios and relaunch the statements of the protagonists (Renzi, Conte, Zingaretti, Di Maio and Salvini) while waiting for the vote in the Senate on Tuesday 19, which will decree the fate of the Conte 2 government. In view of this appointment, the Mediaset and Tg2 news broadcasts offer the opinions of various commentators and columnists (Fontana of Corriere, Porro of Il Giornale and Palombelli of Forum). In relaunching the speeches of an ‘eternal scrapper’ Renzi, not without some element of ‘political folklore’, Tg4 is perhaps the channel that best investigates the background and reasons behind this break-up, presented as ‘incomprehensible’ by all the majority forces.
Paradoxically, precisely because of the political storm, the advancement of the Recovery Fund, with its 210 billion euro spending plan, has gone completely unnoticed, despite the fact that it is theoretically at the origin of the split in the majority.
On the epidemic front, attention remains high, even if the political storm causes the data on the contagion to be postponed to mid-issue between Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, Tg1 and Tg3 and Studio Aperto opened up on the measures of the new Dpcm introducing new restrictions in the 3 new red regions and the 12 orange ones. Brusaferro’s appeals were echoed by all, who, despite a slightly decreasing positivity index, warned of the high risk of the contagion getting out of hand, in a scenario where Italy has more than 80,000 victims. Everyone is satisfied with the results of the vaccination, which as of Friday sees us in first place in Europe with no less than one million administrations. To be noted, then, the cover of Tuesday’s Tg5 dedicated to a reflection on “the year of Covid”, on the anniversary of the first confirmed victim of what on January 12, 2020 was described as a mysterious pneumonia (first headline also for Tg1). On Monday, Tg La7 also presented an in-depth report on the impact of the pandemic on the lives of Italians, focusing on the revolution brought about by smart working.
There is little space for foreign affairs, largely absorbed by the American front with the second vote of impeachment for Trump and the wait for the swearing in of Biden, in a scenario of general tension (14 headlines) that grips the States. The decision of the main social networks to black out Trump’s accounts, described as “increasingly cornered”, stimulates interesting reflections by Tg2 and Tg5, with the latter interviewing Edoardo Fleischner, professor at Milan State University, and Paolo Mieli. The questions left open by Clemente Mimum’s news programme are also worthy of note: in dealing with the Trump affair, it asks whether and to what extent it would be legitimate to apply similar censorship to other leaders around the world who are far more repressive and violent.
Lastly, Tg3’s coverage of the drama of the migrants who have been stranded for over a month on the border between Bosnia and Croatia, amid the rubble of a burnt-out camp, where they risk dying of frost. In a scenario in which immigration is only mentioned in the newspapers in terms of figures, it is important that at least one Public Service channel is vigilant in reporting these events in their dramatic concreteness.