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Entry no.: 55

3 Jan 2007, 2:09 AM

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Comments: 4

Romania What if

Becali claimes victory in Romania's presidential runoff

I don't enjoy writing about politics, but as 2006 was drawing to an end, developments were building up.

A few remarkable specimens crawled out of the sewers lately but they're marginal compared to the one who has the power to rule them all. And it's not even his merit. It is media's.

Some journalists have little reason for sleeping well at night — during 2006 they proved crassly irresponsible in a self-distructive kind of way by promoting the extreme-right "militant of light," Mr. Becali, a growing force that once created by reckless media people is rapidly becoming a serious menace.

Consequently, he clocks in second now in the polls and experts predict his figures will continue to climb in 2007. Consider the following dystopian scenario: a heart attack or an accident disables President Basescu in near future. What then?

Comments

Reply no.: 1

4 Jan 2007, 1:40 PM

luc:

it's true he was recklessly promoted by the press, but the real problem is that he is perceived by the mainstream public as a genuine politician, not a buffoon.

Reply no.: 2

4 Jan 2007, 2:30 PM

Kit:

Spotting the buffoon in this frenetic circus is not an easy job. Just look at Mr. Vadim and Mr. Voiculescu. Those Droogs should be reformed by means of The Ludavico Treatment. But, just like in the movie — real horror show! — instead of joining "the smelly perverts and hardened crustoodniks" in jail, those two remain top dogs.

In my opinion, media is responsible for providing Becali's stunning share of voice and conferring him credibility. The tabloid ProTV seems truly dedicated in this effort, with Realitatea TV news channel not lagging far behind.

Reply no.: 3

10 Jan 2007, 11:00 AM

Mordax:

We should be preparing our emigration papers. Hopefully, Australia has more responsible journalists (despite the large number of sheep being raised in this country ;)).

Reply no.: 4

10 Jan 2007, 5:05 PM

Kit:

A very talented friend just came back after living in Australia a few years and I know quite a few top management and marketing professionals who returned after living for a while in Canada or the US of A. I came back after an Asian escapade I thought it will last a decade. Expatriation is no longer as cool as it used to be.

I don't need a foreign passport — I just need the lowlifes to be restrained.

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