Susanna Griso, Iker Jiménez and racist hatred | Opinion

Susanna Griso, Iker Jiménez and racist hatred | Opinion
Susanna Griso, Iker Jiménez and racist hatred | Opinion

Why is the far right growing? Why is there more racism? What generates this hatred? Do the media have any responsibility? I’ll tell you a story. On June 27th, in Public mirrorthe morning programme on Antena 3 (Atresmedia, Grupo Planeta), its presenter Susanna Griso, surrounded by four panelists, says: “Here are some shocking images that come to us from Malaga. A young man has sexual relations (here she pauses for emphasis) with an animal.” The sign says “Zoophilia in Malaga.” Then a video is shown in which a young man has sexual relations…

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Why is the far right growing? Why is there more racism? What generates this hatred? Do the media have any responsibility? I’ll tell you a story. On June 27th, in Public mirrorthe morning programme on Antena 3 (Atresmedia, Grupo Planeta), its presenter Susanna Griso, surrounded by four panelists, says: “Here are some shocking images that come to us from Malaga. A young man has sexual relations (here she pauses for emphasis) with an animal.” The caption says “Zoophilia in Malaga.” Then you see a video in which a young man has sexual relations with a young woman, not with an animal, while others, presumably friends, sing to him from afar. If you stop the video you can even see the young woman’s head at times. Griso then recalls the case of a raped goat and says that “we are seeing that this is something much more common than we thought.” But in the video the young man does not have sexual relations with an animal but with a young woman. In real life they are just two kids having a good time. On a television set it is material to discuss for a while, even if it is a lie.

The next day, Julián Macías Tovar, an activist against disinformation, explains on X that the video was old, that it had been seen a lot in Malaga and that it had been spread by well-known far-right accounts. On one of those accounts, which Public mirror The source of the video, thus joining the false theory that it was a young foreigner, says: “There you have the Moroccan on duty celebrating Málaga’s promotion. Let’s see who can guess what’s going on.” The same account celebrated having been quoted on Griso’s programme with a text that said: “Not all Moors are terrorists. Most of them only come (the spelling mistake is his) to steal.” Public mirror had given publicity to that account to its audience, one of the most powerful on television in Spain. Macías Tovar recalls that similar hoaxes, of supposed young Maghrebians having sex with animals, had already been spread in the past, even by an individual with press accreditation in the Congress of Deputies. And that Public mirror already used images from the video game ArmA 3 as if they were real images of a Russian bombing of Ukraine. Because anything goes.

Squalid pamphlets spread hoaxes on a daily basis, many of them racist. But the most serious problem is not these pamphlets, but the big names of the big media of the big groups spreading hoaxes that serve to feed this hatred. Days after Macías Tovar explained where the hoax had come from, neither the X account of Public mirror Neither the journalist nor Susanna Griso had said anything about it. Their five minutes of lying trash TV had already been broadcast. The damage had already been done. A minimum amount of verification work would have prevented the video from being broadcast. Or a minimum of scruples and respect for the profession. None of the four commentators, including the journalist Rubén Amón, had the idea of ​​criticising their broadcast. Not one criticism. It was just one more ingredient for the discussion, because something has to be talked about.

In Horizontea programme presented by Iker Jiménez on Tele5, part of the Mediaset group, reported that a group of Maghrebi teenagers had abused some girls. This was also false. Fermín Bonet, police commissioner of Petrer (Alicante), the town where the events took place, explained to Cadena Ser that they were four Spanish men aged 16 and 17. The less right-wing commentators on the programme that day were people who are or were on the payroll of Vox. The rest were even more extreme. So much hatred is being injected against young Maghrebi people from some media that their managers now think they can say they have relations with a goat without even having to show the goat. Or invent their nationality, as they did in Horizonte. Jiménez said the same day that “racism and fascism are a tall tale that is beginning to become very worn out”, despite the stinking whiff of racist hatred that his programme emits, like that of Susanna Griso.

 
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