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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-31-04 01:10 AM
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17. What's your boss say regarding SB?
Does he believe what the Italian TV tells him, the monopoly of which is owned by Berlusconi? He sounds like the Chimperror and Rupert Murdoch rolled into one. Here's a bit of background from Reference Library online encyclo:

Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi (born September 29, 1936) is currently (2004) the Prime Minister of Italy. He is the leader of the Forza Italia political party (which he created specifically for his entrance into politics), and the owner of an Italian media empire. As an entrepreneur, he has interests in a variety of businesses. Forbes Magazine lists him as the wealthiest person in Italy, with an estimated net worth of $7.2 billion (as of 2002). His official tax returns declare far less.


A good friend of former premier Bettino Craxi, he has been accused of having used political pull throughout his business career, and of various sorts of corruption, including conflicts of interest. These accusations are dismissed by Berlusconi as political smears. Berlusconi is still very much locked into the cold war ideology, and anybody who is against him is branded as a communist. Many consider this rather ironic given that his legislation whould not look out of place in Orwellian novels such as 1984 and Animal farm.

Berlusconi has often been criticised of using his media power for his own political propaganda. The fact that he owns a large portion of Italy's media channels makes it harder for anti-government criticism to take place, according to critics.

Berlusconi owns three national television channels (in addition to his, and his brothers, interests in publishing), which prior to the elections took around 45% of viewer share. He made an election pledge to resolve this obvious conflict, however after taking office his government immediatly re-organised the state TV channels (claiming it was run by communists) so that around 90% of Italian telvision is controlled by people appointed by himself or his government. Several noted giornalists who where critical of Berlusconi have dissapered from the media and a series of hiccups in the running of the state television channels has allowed his own company (mediaset) to increase market share. His government has presented a new legislation for a reform of the media, but this actually incresead the percentage share that an individual was allowed to control (it should be noted that Berlusconi was allready outside the previous limits). The legislation also deals with the roll-out of digital television and internet based publishing, and hence his government claims it resolves the problem of conflict of interest and his media monopoly "by opening up more channels".

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  -BFEE Pal Berlusconi Built 007 Villain's Tunnel (like Moon & Hitler) Octafish  May-30-04 09:31 PM   #0 
  - The cover is ugly. The topic uglier. The truth ugliest of all.  seemslikeadream   May-30-04 10:59 PM   # 
  - Thanks, seemslikeadream!  Octafish   May-30-04 11:27 PM   #2 
     - Mussolini just one misunderstood guy  seemslikeadream   May-30-04 11:44 PM   #4 
        - Sic semper moronus.  Octafish   May-31-04 12:03 AM   #7 
  - damn the dupe  seemslikeadream   May-30-04 10:59 PM   #1 
  - No problem! Gives me the chance to say something again...  Octafish   May-30-04 11:39 PM   #3 
     - they aroused the emotions of the uneducated and the disenfranchised.  seemslikeadream   May-30-04 11:56 PM   #6 
  - you two always seem to have the most interesting threads .....  maggrwaggr   May-30-04 11:54 PM   #5 
  - Fascism can be fun!  seemslikeadream   May-31-04 12:09 AM   #8 
  - Interesting essay on fascism, but the author's ideas about paganism  yardwork   May-31-04 12:32 AM   #12 
  - Went back to look for the pagan stuff got stuck on this  seemslikeadream   May-31-04 12:48 AM   #13 
  - The ol' Roman fascia  psychopomp   May-31-04 01:40 AM   #22 
  - Thanks! You're a good read yourself, maggrwaggr!  Octafish   May-31-04 12:19 AM   #9 
     - interesting. When I was a kid in Germany in the early 70's  maggrwaggr   May-31-04 12:24 AM   #10 
        - You've found us out! seems and the fish - IN LOVE WITH TERROR  seemslikeadream   May-31-04 12:29 AM   #11 
        - man, I'm getting old  maggrwaggr   May-31-04 12:50 AM   #14 
           - Yup!  burrowowl   May-31-04 01:12 AM   #18 
        - Red Army Faction  Octafish   May-31-04 12:58 AM   #16 
  - L'Americano scares the crap out of me.  VolcanoJen   May-31-04 12:55 AM   #15 
  - What's your boss say regarding SB?  Octafish   May-31-04 01:10 AM   #17 
     - Oh, no. He's completely aware that SB owns the media in Italy.  VolcanoJen   May-31-04 01:30 AM   #19 
        - Vielen dank, VolcanoJen! My Brazilian buddy's the same way.  Octafish   May-31-04 03:05 PM   #23 
  - History repeating itself...  devilgrrl   May-31-04 01:36 AM   #20 
  - when fascism comes to America  seemslikeadream   May-31-04 01:39 AM   #21 
  - Deja nasty vu NAZIs.  Octafish   May-31-04 09:24 PM   #30 
  - What was the result of Cheney's dig? Anybody know?  phoebe   May-31-04 03:08 PM   #24 
  - If it's good enough for Sneer, it's good enough for Disney!  Octafish   May-31-04 09:12 PM   #26 
     - Somebody was gonna do it  seemslikeadream   May-31-04 09:20 PM   #29 
     - I was going to say instead of whiskers, a toothbrush mustache...  Octafish   May-31-04 09:42 PM   #33 
     - Who Were The Gremlins?  seemslikeadream   May-31-04 09:26 PM   #31 
        - Gremlin George  Octafish   May-31-04 09:50 PM   #34 
  - Well, damn!  Lars39   May-31-04 03:38 PM   #25 
  - Yes, it probably won't be Italy that will give refuge to the Gores.  Octafish   May-31-04 09:17 PM   #27 
  - Guess which future Italian PM was a member of the P2 lodge?  Minstrel Boy   May-31-04 09:19 PM   #28 
     - That's a trick question, Minstrel Boy! Where's Henry?  Octafish   May-31-04 09:39 PM   #32 
        - Henry Kissinger Riggs National Bank  seemslikeadream   May-31-04 09:51 PM   #35 
        - Your BFEE at work  Octafish   May-31-04 10:04 PM   #37 
           - Riggs Bank, J. Bush  seemslikeadream   May-31-04 10:13 PM   #39 
              - It's ALWAYS the money... What 9215 said.  Octafish   May-31-04 10:49 PM   #40 
        - Not a trick question, Doc Octofish, just poorly worded!  Minstrel Boy   May-31-04 09:53 PM   #36 
           - You have a heck of a library, Minstrel Man!  Octafish   May-31-04 10:12 PM   #38 

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