Millsgate and il Corriere della Sera

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Il Corriere della Sera and the Mills trial

In the 1970s, Il Corriere della Sera was in the hands of the P2. Its owner, Angelo Rizzoli, had the P2 card with sequence number 532. The CEO, Tassan Din had card number 534. And Franco Di Bella, the editor, had card number 655. Today, in 2009, who controls Il Corriere della Sera? Who is it that suggests the editorials of Panebianco and Battista? Who ordered Miele to remove the journalistic investigations about "Why Not" from Carlo Vulpio without any apparent reason? Who is the P3 that controls Il Corriere della Sera? Where is the new list of Castiglion Fibocchi?
Yesterday, all the newspapers in the world reported the news of the verdict that Mills is guilty. The lawyer corrupted by mister B. They explained that the psycho dwarf was not on trial because of the lodo Alfano. A made-to-measure law that he did to make himself untouchable. They argued that no premier suspected of corruption to avoid a conviction in two trials would still be in post in a normal country, in a democratic western one. If he hadn’t resigned, they would have booted him out. Read for yourselves El Pais, The Guardian, Le Figaro, The Herald Tribune. The reputation of a country is just as important as its economy. And we have lost our reputation. If the United States has had its Watergate, Italy has its own Millsgate. If Nixon under suspicion of corruption had imposed a law on Congress to establish his own impunity and the person corrupted had been found guilty, Nixon would have been booted out in two minutes flat.
Can you imagine the Headlines in the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times if that had happened?
However Il Corriere della Sera is differently a newspaper.
Il Corriere della Sera touched rock bottom with its front page yesterday. Better than Pravda.
The main headline is: "Veltroni si dimette, il Pd è nel caos" {Veltroni resigns, the PD in chaos}. The editorial of Panebianco the Lion Heart: “The weight of the Oligarchies”. In the centre of the page there’s “Wiretapping, Mancino attacks”. Following that in order of size: “Animals of RAI fiction are badly treated” (just the headline is 15 x 2.5 cm), "Benigni, a political show on Berlusconacci and the gays" (9x7.3 cm), "Mori is preparing anti-round rounds" (13x3.6 cm), Giannelli’s cartoon (9x6 cm), "Rome: they shoot at the legs of Calvagna, director of 'Lupo' " (5.7x5.5 cm) and "The founder of the Islamic TV: ‘I chopped off my wife’s head'" (5.7x5.5 cm).
The news about Berlusconi, President of the Council, a defendant in Milan at the Mills trial in which the person corrupted is found guilty and sentenced to 4 years and 6 months has a box measuring 3.5x9 cm. In the headline Berlusconi is not even mentioned: “Mills was corrupted. Sentenced to 4 and a half years”. Even the colour of the header for a piece the size of a postage stamp is designed so that it doesn’t attract the reader’s attention: pale blue instead of the stronger blues and reds used for the others. Finally, the article is on page 21, after the gossip and the regular news.
Licio Gelli said: “True power lies in the hands of those who control the mass media”. Who is controlling Il Corriere della Sera and with what aims? Is the list of the P3 in via Solferino 28, Milan, or at some other address?

Front page of Il Corriere della Sera 18 February 2009

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I am ashamed to be an italian living in australia,
every day there is some news about mr.b and the way he can manipulate the law in his favour, people ask me if he's mussolini relative and if we italians wil keep him in charge of our lovely country any longer instead of sending him to jail.
shame,shame,shame,please mr fini get rid of him.

Posted by: sergio conti | August 29, 2010 10:09 AM


"Mills" away from democracy

Posted by: enrico vecchi | February 21, 2009 10:05 AM


I don't know which is worse: a governor talking about selling a vacated senatorial seat to the highest bidder or a Prime Minister bribing, at the tune of $600,000, his accountant to lie in an investigation looking into the Prime Minister's fiscal activities. Probably it's not important which is worse: both behaviors are despicable. Especially when done by public officials at the highest level who are supposed to uphold the laws and values of honesty and integrity and dignity as their most important duties. But what's astounding about these two episodes is the way media presented them to their respective public and the reactions of the political institutions. In Mr. Blagojevich's case, no sooner that the Illinois State Attorney General revealed the content of the intercepted phone conversations in which the Governor of the State of Illinois talks about his intentions of putting Mr. Obama's vacant senatorial seat up for auction, Mr. Blagojevich is national front page news on a daily basis. He is satirized, ridiculed, and mocked by all the major national TV shows in the States. He is interviewed by all the major network personalities. But, the most striking feature of this scandal is the fact that after all is said and done Mr. Blagojevich merely talked about selling the senatorial seat but had not actually acted on his talk. Technically, even as we speak, he isn't guilty of anything. Yet, Mr. Blagojevic, the Governor of Illinois, is no longer the governor: impeached by the state legislature. So, when Americans say "All are equal before the law", at least in Mr. Blagojevich's case, the saying is right.
In Italy, unfortunately, "All are equal before the law" is an obsolete political concept. The Prime Minister of Italy, Mr. Silvio Berlusconi (not the type to let slide by him whatever advantage is given), fresh from last year's decisive political victory, instructed his newly appointed Minister of Justice to craft a law protecting him, and the three top leaders of the country, from being accused and arrested for any crime they might be accused of, or arrested for while holding office. In other words, should the Prime Minister shoot a member of his political opposition he will not be arrested during his term of office. To further immune himself from any prosecution he made sure the law applies retroactively. Thus Mr. Mills. Mr. Mills is the British accountant setting up in offshore accounts for Prime Minister Berlusconi"s billions of dollars. In 1998, Italy's fiscal police audited Mr. Berlusconi's financial empire made up of newspapers, TV stations, publishing house, film production and I don't know what else, and found Mr. Berlusconi was cheating on his taxes. What else is new? Right? Only problem is that Mr. Berlusconi now happens to be Prime Minister. In any event, it's enough to say that Mr.Berlusconi was found not guilty of anything thanks to Mills' testimony. And here is the rub: Mills lied in that trial. And here is the irony: Mills admitted as much in a letter he worte to his accountant explaining whence $600,000 had come from. Mills wrote that the $600,000 had come from a Mr.B. for whom he was forced to lie lest Mr.B. ended up swimming in a "sea of troubles". I don't think Mills realized that he had admitted in writing, to his accountant, that he had lied on the stand so that Berlusconi didn't go to jail. Ok, to make a long story short, Mills' accountant realized that the letter made him part of a crime in which he had nothing to do. So, what does Mills' accountant do? He delivers the letter to the British fiscal police. And what do you think the British police do? They send the letter to the Italian fiscal police and Mills is charged for lying when he testified in favor of the Prime Minister. Last year Mills was put on trial and a few days ago the court found him guilty for lying and sentenced Mills to 4 years and 6 months. So, now everybody outside of Italy is asking, if Mills is the bribee, who is the bribor? It doesn't take the proverbial rocket scientist to solve the "mystery". The Prime Minister of Italy is the bribor. But, too bad for Mills, the Prime Minister is no dummy, as a matter of fact he is an Italian Prime Minister and as an Italian Prime Minister he is far from being a dummy. I'm sure as an Italian, Berlusconi considers himself as... Yup! "furbo" and immune. And what are the Italians saying about all this? Nothing! Nobody is telling them anything. And, in any event, Italians are now busy singing.

Posted by: Louis pacella | February 20, 2009 06:45 PM


As you can see, nobody gives a shit

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 20, 2009 06:27 PM


Grillo is right, but, as always, things won't change. Do the majority of Italians just not care anymore?

There are those who protest, but it seems limited in scope, and not effective. There is need for independent information in Italy, but who is going to fight that battle?

Posted by: Alessandro Dona | February 20, 2009 04:47 PM


Perchè non facciamo una manifestazione spontanea per chiedere le dimissioni del Presidente del Consilio a seguito della condanna di Mills?

E' chiaro che non si dimetterà, ma costringeremo i giornali a continuare a parlare del fatto, ed in più mostriano all'estero che in Italia c'è ancora qualcuno che ssi indigna!!!!
Non sopporto di stare a guardare come tutti una cosa così grave, è troppo facile dire che i giornali non ne parlano.....e gli Italiani che fanno?

Posted by: Federico Spila | February 20, 2009 10:28 AM


In the last 3 months I was thinking to not read the Corriere online but now I will erase the link from my favorites!

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 20, 2009 12:26 AM


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