During the Transition, the plurality of the mass media translated into a relative homogeneity as far as its fundamental ideological contents are concerned. The plurality was limited by the unanimity of minimum criteria. In the mass media panorama, it went from censorship to consensus.
The so-called radical left, the PCE and the most demanding expressions of the left of the PSOE, did not have great mass media referents. Not even the PCE, the most influential and well-known party during the clandestinity, had any related independent newspaper with a large circulation.
In the Transition a close alliance was forged between politics and journalism and there was a consequent confusion between one thing and another. This led the press to function at times as a true political party.
The exaltation of the figure of González was unanimous in the press and in many cases bordered on the hagiographic. González had been erected by the power of the media into a true icon of the Transition. The passion with which the media praised González was matched only by the passion with which they attacked critics.
The newspaper directed by Juan Luis Cebrián was read daily for a good part of the sympathizers and even the military of the Communist Party, in the absence of another newspaper located more to the left. That’s why what The country He said that the party had an impact that far exceeded what was stated by other newspapers.
the attitude of The country it was especially unfortunate for the communists, as it was particularly hostile towards the PCE as a whole and towards its leadership in particular.
This was written by the historian Juan Andrade in his book “The PCE and the PSOE in the Transition”, edited by Akal. this monday in Base, on the eve of a new anniversary of the Constitution of 78, we continue to make friends and talk about the Transition. Welcome and welcome.