Category Archives: Demagogy

Media at work

2011-03-12 Saturday
The sad but most important news today is of course the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We can just embrace the suffering people in our thoughts and hope for the best. And also wish that help with the rescue work will come from all parts of the world.

The domestic news were somewhat overshadowed today, but Dagens Nyheter continued their sour remarks about the candidate for leader of the opposition party. The front page was headed by:

“Juholt keeps silent about the choice of direction for S”

(S is short for Social Democrats), followed by: “Exactly what the coming party leader HÃ¥kan Juholt thinks about the future of the Social Democrats in shrouded in mystery”.

Everyone knows that a candidate cannot speak for the whole party, or reveal any of his plans as a party leader, until he is really elected (every party member has de facto the right to challenge him for the job at the convention). For those who happens to be ignorant of that elementary circumstance it is repeated by the candidate every time he is asked those questions. So DN’s purpose is of course not to inform but to cast a shadow of suspicion and conspiracy around Juholt in the most childish way.

The candidate is chosen by a democratic process within the party, and the choice reflects the will of a majority of party representatives. Those are the ones who should be asked what expectations they had when they chose Juholt. But they are history for the journalists and reporters. Now it’s Juholt who is the fair game. Ahhh, politics!!