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Via a comment on Escolar's blog comes the following confession by Federico Jiménez Losantos, the Spanish equivalent of Rush Limbaugh.
Incendiary Journalism: Jimenez the highwayman confesses (14.8.06)Periodismo Incendiario: El bandolero Jiménez se confiesa (14.8.06)
The highwayman Federico Jiménez has confessed: he works at setting Spain on fire for money. He makes this abundantly clear in an interview published by El Mundo (subscription):El bandolero Federico Jiménez ha confesado: él se dedica a incendiar España por dinero. Lo afirma con claridad meridiana en una entrevista que publica El Mundo (pago):
Q.- What do your children say when they listen to you?
A.- When one of them does they tell me: «And could you not say that differently?». I reply: «Yeah, right, and how would you study in an American university if I said it differently?». They think that I make too many enemies, they are good and they don't want their father murdered or in trouble. They are strongly influenced by their mother, who is a disaster, so what they want is peeeace, peeeace...
P.- ¿Qué dicen sus hijos cuando le escuchan?
R.- Cuando alguno lo hace me dice: «¿Y no puedes decir eso de otra manera?». Yo le respondo: «Ya, e ibas a estudiar tú en una universidad americana si lo digo de otra manera...». Piensan que me busco demasiados enemigos, son buenos y no quieren que maten a su padre ni se meta en líos. Están muy influidos por su madre, que es un desastre, entonces lo que ellos quieren es paaaz, paaaz...
It would be really nice that, in one of his radio programs, the highwayman explained to us how many insults each of the little one's American university classes is worth. That is, the accounts of sowing civil war. But in the meantime, listeners can make crunch their numbers... so we call ZP a "murderer". And a bunch of dollars for the kid. That we need to buy books for the college [in English in the original] so we use the microphones of the Church [Catholic, which owns the radio station where FJL has his talk show] to say that "the PSOE is submissive to ETA". And another shipment of dollars for the little one.Estaría muy bien que, en uno de sus programas radiofónicos, el bandolero nos explique a cuántos insultos sale cada asignatura del peque en la universidad americana. O sea, las cuentas del guerracivilismo. Pero mientras tanto, los oyentes ya pueden hacer sus cálculos: Que empieza un nuevo cuatrimestre... pues le llamamos "asesino" a ZP. Y venga a mandarle dólares al niño. Que hay que comprarle libros para el college... pues utilizamos los micrófonos de la Iglesia para decir que "el PSOE está sometido a la ETA". Y otra remesa de dólares para el chiquitín.
I am at a loss for words, wuite frankly. There is a mafia within the US "establishment" that not only buys US politicians and media but also foreign politicians and media. When Aznar was PM, Spain was hijacked by "the cabal" and he was rewarded with a place in the US "lecture circuit" and recently a seat on Murdoch's board of directors. The Spanish Limbaugh has his children's American college tuition paid for as reward for his incendiary journalism. What else is this cabal up to?

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Aug 14th, 2006 at 03:13:06 PM EST
You mean apart from buying the White House and starting pointless wars for profit?

Has he mentioned who exactly his paymasters are?

And how is this playing in Spain?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Aug 14th, 2006 at 04:08:24 PM EST
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It's not playing. I just found a reference to the interview at El Semanal Digital (El Semanal is the most widely syndicated weekend press supplement in Spain) and the article quotes the same question and answer without blinking.

It would be a matter of finding out what universit{y|ies} his children are studying at, and who pays their tuition. It's possible that they are there on fellowships/scholarships, which would only require a small push in the right direction during the admissions process.

This is friggin' scary. FJL is the editor of Libertad Digital, a "liberal" online news publication which syndicates the likes of Ann Coulter and which has an Alexa traffic rank of 1461, with 20 to 40 million page views per day.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Aug 14th, 2006 at 04:29:15 PM EST
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Migeru, maybe you will like to read this opinion article by M. Angel de Lucas about the Spanish neocon published in Diagonal magazine. It says things like:
[...]  Siguiendo el modelo norteamericano, en los últimos años una red mediática, académica e ideológica agita los fantasmas particulares de la desintegración de España, la desaparición de la familia o la persecución del catolicismo.
No obstante, este entusiasmo ideológico está lejos de ser gratuito. Tan sólo Jiménez Losantos, uno de los mayores gurús de la nueva extrema derecha, se embolsa cerca de 800.000 euros al año por el trabajo de insultar cada día desde las o­ndas [...]
Here you have it


by amanda2006 on Mon Aug 14th, 2006 at 05:26:48 PM EST
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Following the US model, over the last few years a media, academic and ideological network agitates the peculiar phantoms of Spain's disintegration, the disappearance of the family, or the persecution of catholicism.

Nevertheless, this ideological enthusiasm is far from free of charge. Just Jimenez Losantos, one of the biggest gurus of the new extreme right, pockets €800K a year for the work of insulting every day from the airwaves

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Aug 14th, 2006 at 05:40:51 PM EST
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Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Aug 14th, 2006 at 05:41:36 PM EST
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The sad irony for me (perhaps we may discuss this more at the meet, in connection with our ruminations on the British blogosphere) is that the worst damage in the UK isn't being done by these conscious efforts, but simply the flood of US "centre-right" notions of how society works.

Of course, all that is enabled by Murdoch et al, but it's not conscious strategy at work in the blogosphere, just the constant pounding, the flood of US based views of the world posted.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Mon Aug 14th, 2006 at 04:15:48 PM EST
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