‘Spain’s Watergate’ is purposefully ignored by the mainstream media

Summary

The Spanish government used all the resources of the State to crush the left-wing party Podemos and the main media happily contributed to it spreading false information against it. And now that this state-sponsored smear campaign has been uncovered, those same media prefer to ignore it. Spain is the worst place in the world to learn about this scandal.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the corrupt and biased mainstream media. The Spanish judiciary is investigating whether the Minister of Interior and even president Mariano Rajoy were aware or illegal means being used to fabricate false information on Podemos party and its leader Pablo Iglesias, then fed to some media to publish it.

Major Spanish media outlets have not ignored this scandal. El País, El Mundo or El Confidencial, just to name a few, have devoted many front-page articles to it, and it has been the subject of prime time TV debates. Pablo Iglesias himself has taken part in at least half a dozen TV and radio interventions about this topic. The current leader of Rajoy’s Popular Party has been asked about this affair several times in different interviews and he had to respond to it.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 145
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Spain
  • Keywords: PODEMOS
  • Outlet: RT Spanish
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Disproof

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Disproof

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