Bipartisan consensus for ‘Supermario’ in the TV News

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Bipartisan consensus for “Supermario” in prime time. Navalny case, USA and Europe united against Putin. Zaki: for La7 “Italy pushed around”.

The news from 1 to 5 February – The government crisis, aggravated by the wreck of the Conte mandate, and its probable solution imposed by Mattarella, dominate the news week, claiming all the openings and occupying most of the editions. The call to the Colle of Draghi, to some extent “expected”, collects the support of all the newspapers, which repropose the commentary of many columnists: Lo Papa de la Repubblica for Tg3; Riotta de La Stampa, Feltri de Il Giornale and De Bortoli Corriere for Tg2; Cerasa del Foglio and Tarquinio dell’Avvenire for Tg5. Mimum’s magazine gave high praise to the figure of “Supermario” and, on Wednesday’s cover, retraced the long professional history of the “greatest central banker of all time”, presenting his most recent speeches on Europe, rigour and youth employment.

Faced with an “instinctive” consensus for a figure of the highest international calibre, the evening news broadcasts the bipartisan declarations of the politicians, trying to predict what scenarios may emerge at the end of the consultations. Great attention will be paid to the moves of the 5 Stars, after the opening on Thursday of Conte, who is trying to recompose a divided party around him. Tg4 picks up on the comments of the director of La Repubblica, Maurizio Molinari, opening Wednesday’s edition with a harsh editorial against former minister Toninelli, “guilty” of an anti-Draghi remark on social media. Plenty of space is given to reflections on the fate of the man “responsible” for this crisis (Tg5), Matteo Renzi, interviewed on Wednesday by Tg3, which, again on Wednesday, also questioned Zingaretti.

The chronicle of the contagion, with reports documenting the resumption of activities in the regions gone yellow and illustrating a picture of relative stability, finds space from mid-edition for all.

The Navalny case is central to the foreign section, with Europe and the United States once again presenting a united front against Putin’s Russia: 13 headlines during the week, including five on Tuesday, the day the dissident was sentenced. Monday’s headlines focused on the coup in Myanmar that led to the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, who was deposed by the military junta, but the news was not adequately covered in the following days. The judicial case of the student Patrick Zaki, who has been in prison in Egypt for a year now, amid continuous postponements and renewals of detention, was followed with greater interest by Tg3 and Tg La7, with Mentana bitterly commenting on Tuesday, during an editorial, on the ineffectiveness of Italian diplomacy, which, according to him, is being “pushed around” by the government of Al Sisi.

In editions that are fundamentally absorbed by developments on the political scene, the alarming Istat findings on employment find space only in Monday’s editions. Faced with a picture that in December 2020, out of 101,000 new unemployed, there are more than 99,000 women, Tg3 analyses this surprising disparity by interviewing Professor Paola Antonia Profeta of Bocconi University. Tg4, too, discusses the issue with former minister Bellanova. Lastly, it should be noted that the numbers of immigration continue to appear this week only in the reports of Tg2, which collects the appeals of people from Lampedusa in distress; also Tg2 proposes a story with a happy ending in the Benevento area, determined by a decision of the Supreme Court that seems to facilitate the obtaining of a residence permit for “integrated” migrants.

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