Sunday, 17 June 2007

Gay Pride 2007: Information?

What's most interesting today, after yesterday's euphoria, is the silence of the midday television news programmes (TG1 and TG2). Family Day triggered days of attacks and counter-attacks, as does almost every political event in Italy, however trivial. But today? Not a single word.

The centre-left clearly doesn't know what to do with a demonstration that accused the entire coalition, justifiably, of cowardice and inertia, while directly attacking some of its most prominent members as out-and-out homophobes. (Yes, I'm thinking of self-harming Senator Paola Binetti.) The still-to-be-born Democratic Party emerges from yesterday's demo looking even more sickly than before. If ever there a need for a therapeutic abortion, this is it.

The centre-right, on the other hand, astute enough to realise that, with a million people people in the piazza, no news is good news obviously prefer the event to be forgotten as rapidly as possible so that it can get back to the real business of re-assuming power for its own nefarious purposes.

The television has also been curiously silent on the announced divorce of post-fascist leader, Gianfranco Fini. Ah, Family Day...

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