Silvio Berlusconi, on TV. As a Critic.

Silvio Berlusconi on TV. As a Critic.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was on television recently. That’s unsurprising since he owns many TV stations and he is (at the moment) Prime Minister. But it was someone else’s station, La 7, and he phoned in to a live show. The program was L’Infedele, a talk show about infidelity, so it’s no surprise that the subject was Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, currently embroiled in a scandal involving sex parties and pay-for-play relations with teenage girls.

Mr. Berlusconi told TV host Gad Lerner that his show is “a whorehouse,” a claim one blogger described as “the pot calling the kettle despicable.”  Mr. Lerner called the PM a buffoon. Here’s a video clip:

(Starts with a 15 second ad; sorry)

Mr. Berlusconi’s mating habits are not only discussed on TV. Economists and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos are trying to calculate the costs of the scandal.  

Matthew Engel wrote of  the Berlusconi scandal: “The Emperor Has No Clothes.” Perhaps that explains why Italian women plan to drape underwear on the Prime Minister’s fence.


Image (“Berlusconi on TV, after Fernand Cormon “) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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One Response to “Silvio Berlusconi, on TV. As a Critic.”

  1. mikeb302000 Says:

    It’s really incredible. What a country. It makes me rethink my decision to raise my kids here [Rome].

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