Tuesday, October 26

Open secrets that are not published

If we look a little at some journalistic bombs, we will realize that, on many occasions, they are scandals that, known to the journalistic class, were unanimously silenced. A kind of Sicilian omerta had been established so as not to name the subject. And one day comes and, for different reasons, the ban is lifted and everyone says that it was known.

I will point out some of those cases. Perhaps the most recent is that of the ventriloquist businessman José Luis Moreno. Now that the judge has taken him away, it turns out that the entire press already knew that he humiliated and exploited his workers, that he did not pay his partners, that he hid the money in bags and took it to tax havens, that he was involved in very dark businesses that explain the clandestine raids on their homes and the beatings at the hands of hitmen.

Another of the most relevant cases is the 3% of Jordi Pujol and his Government. Since 2014 all the media have told it with self-confidence but it seems that the press knew about it long before and nobody said anything. And even the opposition knew about it, let’s remember that passionate Pasqual Maragall telling them “you have a problem, and that problem is 3% diu”. It happened no less than in 2005, and what would omerta be like, which Maragall apologized for having said it and no medium continued to pull the thread.

Then we have the outrages of Juan Carlos I, the financial ones and the skirts. You could gossip about the latter with any taxi driver in Madrid more than 20 years ago, but not a word in any medium. Even back in 1999 and 2000, there were two books that told tremendous things about the folksy man: “The business of freedom”, by Jesús Cacho, and that of “A king blow by blow”, by Rebeca Quintans, which he signed with the pseudonym of Patricia Sverlo. But nothing appeared in the press until the Swiss prosecution and a mistress who considered herself scammed appeared.

And let’s not say of Commissioner Villarejo, someone who, in addition to moving like a fish in water in the sewers of the State, also did it in the offices of many journalists. There were many who knew about his goings-on since the eighties, totally newsworthy, but it was not until Villarejo’s conflicts with the police leadership emerged in 2015 that his name did not appear in the press.

Journalistic silencing happens in all areas. After the broadcast of the documentary series where Rocío Carrasco tells of the mistreatment to which she was subjected by her ex-husband Antonio David Flores, the entire press begins to agree with her and affirm that it was known. They even terminate Antonio David’s collaboration on a television. However, the ex-husband had spent 20 years walking and making cash on different television sets before the smiles and applause of the world of communication.

In the end we have ended up knowing things thanks to police investigations, tax reports, or disgruntled or scammed lovers. And that’s when the newspapers begin to say that it was an open secret.

It cannot be an excuse that these information were not made public before because they were not confirmed or verified and that they were only rumors. We live in times in which the media does not stop sneaking hoaxes and fake news happily without anything happening to them, they had more information on any of the previous topics than on many of the rumors that now spread.

It is evident that there are still powers that manage to impose silences, interests that require not biting the hand that feeds and a lack of audacity in journalists and, above all, in communication companies, to get out of the herd and tell what nobody dares .


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