The Spanish Constitution has become obsolete. In a little forward-thinking way, since 1978 he describes the legislative power as formed by the Congress and the Senate without adding the third parliamentary chamber, which is none other than the Madrid Assembly. In other communities, they talk about their things, Galician things, Andalusian things, and so on. But in Madrid they have talked about all of Spain since the Popular Party decided that, in the absence of a majority in the Cortes, it could at least use the Madrid Parliament to act as an opposition to the central government.
And then, if there is time to talk about things in Madrid, talk, no problem. Without going over. When the president responds to criticism from the opposition, the same thing is that she brings up issues of national politics. Catalonia, above all. Let there be no shortage of phrases accusing the Government of favoring those beings called Catalans. In this Thursday’s debate, there was even talk about the Court of Accounts, the students of the Basque Country and the money that Catalonia takes.
Isabel Díaz Ayuso was the host of her first control session since the victory in the regional elections. The hour of reckoning has come. First, with Telemadrid, which will be controlled by people trusted by its chief of staff. This unfortunate thing that the regional radio television news programs are governed by professional criteria is over. It will go back to the time of Esperanza Aguirre and Ignacio González, when a group of mediocre journalists sank Telemadrid’s audience. Nobody will ask questions that are not asked of a regional president, as happened in an interview on the chain in which they asked about the hiring of staff for the new Zendal hospital. That insolence will not be repeated.
The first item on the agenda, after the control session, was precisely the approval of the bill with which Díaz Ayuso and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez eliminate the current general director of radio and television. They intend to then appoint a “temporary” administrator who will last as long as necessary. The deputy who presented the initiative, Almudena Negro, did not go up to the rostrum with the intention of dissimulating. The point is to prevent certain news from appearing. “Why are there no ‘fact checking’ procedures in Telemadrid? We would have saved yesterday’s show,” he said.
The ‘show’ he was referring to was the news of the security failure of the Madrid Health website, which allowed personal data of the king, Sánchez, Aznar and many other people to be seen for a few hours. Telemadrid, this medium and others reported this. The first reaction of the Government was to say in a tweet that it was a false news pointing to the one that had spread the website of the regional channel. In private, journalists who asked that there had been “a security breach” were told.
What Negro called spectacle was simply the media doing its job. From his words, it follows that this will not happen again in the new Telemadrid.
With his abstention, Vox allowed the reform to be approved. And what he says is against the use of television as a propaganda tool for the Government. It may be the beginning of the role that it will have in this two-year legislature, that of the PP’s pagafantas, because it cannot afford to vote alongside the left-wing opposition against a government project.
In the debate, Díaz Ayuso referred to Telemadrid to despise the scope of its programming. “A public service without a public is not a public service, but a business for four” (good phrase, Miguel Ángel, it shows that you prepare well for the control session).
The channel has a lower audience than the main regional televisions –6.3% share in 2020, the best figure in nine years–, although it also has a much lower budget. The trusted journalists put in by the Ignacio González government had brought it down to an even worse level. In 2013, it had its all-time low with 3.9% and it did not improve much in the two subsequent years, 4.2% and 4.1%.
In the section ‘and you more’, the president had it easy with the precedent of the legal botch that the Government made in RTVE with the appointment of Rosa María Mateo as sole administrator, which has been branded as contrary to the law by the Court Constitutional. He did not waste it. Nor does he like Telemadrid’s budget. “A public entity that costs almost two Zendales in a legislature.” The Zendal has become the unit of measurement in Madrid politics. Before, everything was measured on soccer fields. Now in Zendales, a non-convertible currency, but of incalculable political value.
Ayuso’s typical loquacity was neutralized by a question from Vox about whether he supported the concept of gender self-determination. “It’s a very complicated debate to have in three minutes,” he said, which is a great way to get out of a debate. As in the Madrid Assembly they talk about everything that happens in Spain, it did occur to him to refer in that same question to the murder of Samuel Luiz in A Coruña: “I see badly the reversal of the burden of proof, and accuse without reason , without evidence, as has happened with the boy from Galicia “.
Accusing who for no reason? The four detainees she would be concerned about? Those who hate LGTBI people and who would have been unjustly attacked? Mónica García accused him after not having joined the complaints against the “escalation of homophobic attacks.” Ayuso responded with a fit, as is his custom. He did not speak on the subject until Thursday “out of respect for the family,” not like the left that politicizes everything. And then he became the victim, something questionable when talking about a murder. “If they kill a boy in Galicia, it is my fault, they say.”
There is a worldwide conspiracy against her. But it is going to end, at least in Telemadrid.