Berlusconi Oustered November 27, 2013 1:02 PMSubscribe
Silvio Berlusconi ousted from Italian parliament after tax fraud conviction. Slideshow of his ups and downs. Wiki. Previously on mefi. From the comments: ....there’s a palpable change in the political climate on the street in Italy. Outside the bribed few still forlornly waving pro-B banners in the piazza, people have woken up (at last). There’s acceptance of just how toxic his legacy really is, both within Italy and outside.
There’s finally recognition that his demagoguery was facilitated by his media control: of Mediaset channels through ownership, and of the press through croneyism and worse. Not everyone was aware that, during his tenure as pm, control of ‘state’ Rai media channels also devolved to him. So for those Italians who have had access only to Italian media, it has been difficult, if not impossible, to appreciate how thoroughly ‘facts’ have been subverted and censored to B’s will. Perspective is an unattainable luxury when you are constrained in an envelope of propaganda.