There was a gala broadcast on the M1, a political corpse was called, but something else arrived


Ten days after the election, Tamás Lánczi, a member of MTVA’s top management and director of the Online Board of Directors, invited Péter Márki-Zay, the prime ministerial candidate of the losing opposition, to the program for 48 minutes. Elsewhere, this alone has no news value: it is natural for the public television to ask the leader of a political force that has not voted to vote on the result, the campaign. But for us, it seems like a sensation right now. So much so that it arose, perhaps signaling a change in the political attunement of the public media. Which is clearly pro-government. Nor does it give much space for opposition speeches.

Common sense, of course, immediately suggested that Mark-Zay’s invitation was not the first small chord of polyphony. On the contrary: the emphasis on the position of power. After all, it would be normal for an opposition candidate to be given a serious opportunity to speak beyond the required 5 minutes during a campaign. In such a case, defeat could even be considered a human gesture if not called after the election. Failure to speak before or after this is merely an unacceptable but predictable distortion of the ruling party. But if he can’t advertise his program, he can’t defend himself against the attacks on him, but as a loser, he’s invited to talk about failure – that’s already the category of political-human humiliation.

Emphasizing that this is an analyst, news program, he says, his guest may be sitting here because “the position that has made it impossible to get into this show so far has disappeared.” That is, Márki-Zay has not been a politician since the election. But a “political corpse.” After all, as an opposition politician, he would not be able to speak here or on other public television programs. But it could be used very well as a “political corpse”. Like Gábor Fodor or András Schiffer, in just 48 minutes. They are the ones who can be involved in the oppressive critical evaluation of the opposition in an objective voice with deep analyst credibility. As for the basic theme of Lánczi’s show from the beginning. It is as if he bears in his heart the fate of his political opponent and his voting camp, trying to understand why these many mistakes, mistakes, clumsiness. He might react with his own only out of temper, but there are the “political corpses”, they were / are in the medium, and listening to their insults and partly to their – not necessarily unlawful – grievances can better help them solve the mysteries. And we also learned from the broadcasts of the campaign period that there is a big problem with the opposition. Looking at the most important questions, Márki-Zay has now been offered this role as well: Just talk, Peter, honestly, tell me the real reason for the failure, why the collaboration didn’t work, who was blocked and why. Gyurcsany? Jakab? Is it possible to continue with them? Can any of these do anything with anyone?

However, Márki-Zay did not accept this score. He did not consider the invitation a grace, a sign of benevolence. And, struggling with the sayings, he said several times what he wanted to say.

He spoke about the scandalous partisanship of the public media, the unequal conditions for the campaign, the production of unrestrained lies regarding the opposition’s position on war, the minimum wage and migration. Twice, three times, ten times. He may not have convinced any Fidesz viewers, but he has moved the presenter out of his interrogation position. Lánczi tried to steer back into the planned bed, trying to refute his claims. What he had never done to his guests before. He accepted from them with critical faces critical allegations concerning the opposition. Together with the biases about Mark-Zay. But now it was about the honor of the government and he had to flash out his party soldier uniform. It didn’t have much of an impact other than self-disclosure. Let us not announce a winner, but something has turned out: in a more open debate, plucked by a tough opponent, government propaganda is no longer in control. Because he starts sweating from his lies. And because of this spectacular demonstration, it already made sense for Mark-Zay to take on the role. Beyond proving it, it remains a committed, credible figure in today’s Hungarian politics.

However, this little writing was not meant to awaken to some new realization, to reveal what was behind the scenes, to pull the veil off the public media. Everyone has been aware of the point for a long time. Rather, in connection with another galad broadcast, the opposition actor of which was still able to radiate force, it would encourage us to oppose, try by all peaceful means, to have an impartial, nationwide public media!


Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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