“I honestly have to tell you that I do not understand what is the motivation of my [Hungarian] government because these people do not need a lot”, said Ferenc Gyurcsány to Christiane Amanpour at the CNN. To that Christiane Amanpour, who takes pride in her objectivity and as she says, “I stay away from commentary, and I stay away from ideology”.
“We have a beautiful picture of you here with a family of refugees,” she continues as she points to the picture of Gyurcsány surrounded by a group of refugees. Or immigrants. As you wish. You have the freedom of choice. After all, we are living in a free, liberal world. We are living in such a free and liberal world where everybody follows the convenient mainstream.
The interview continues with a clear statement: these people are treated very, very badly by the Hungarian government. Not only that this sentence is far from the Amanpourian (or CNN’s) objectivity, it also hurts the majority of the Hungarian people. It upsets those million’s whose gave their vote and trust to the current government, who, according to a far away seated media, is doing its work badly.
But the CNN, and Christiane went even further: “Your [Gyurcsány] own personal humanitarian gesture really makes people realize that at least some Hungarian people are doing their bit”.
And this is the point where the media has responsibility. What happened with this responsibility that day? Here are some questions that the CNN failed to ask when it started to label bad cop and good cop in this situation.
How popular persona and politician is Ferenc Gyurcsány today, in Hungary? How much impact this man still has today, who, as he admits, set up his government in 2004 with boundless lies and scams against his own nation? How much impact this man still has today, whose government collapsed as the house of cards fulfilling a self-prophecy that builds on lies after lies?
How much impact this man still has today, who, in 2004 fought with all his leverage at international levels against the dual citizenship of the Hungarians beyond the borders? Let us repeat: “We have a beautiful picture of you here with a family of refugees.” In 2004, the very same man with this beautiful family dreaded that 800 thousands Hungarian immigrants would arrive to Hungary. He was afraid of his owns. He was afraid of those Hungarians, who were forced to take on another nationality and become minority from one day to another.
Today he is not shying away from hosting a few Syrian-like refugees. Or immigrants. As you wish.
But let us go deeper into the controversies: This celebrated man is hosting refugees in a house (Gyurcsány’s house) that the communists took away from the Jewish factory owner, Aladár Sebestyén, in 1952. No. Not the Nazis, or the Hungarian fascists. No. It was requisitioned by those communists, whose ideology is closely replicated by Ferenc Gyurcsány, and who did not fail to echo his stand as the secretary of The Hungarian Young Communist League (known as KISZ). And once again, it’s unsure whether the foreign media senses the weight of this abbreviation; KISZ. But we, Hungarians can sense it, and it’s heavy. Very heavy.
This man’s life is filled with heavy controversies and momentums that – under any normal circumstances – would exclude the pure chance for conjunction. Gyurcsány’s whole life is raising a multitude of moral questions.
But, of course, these questions are interesting and important only for us, Hungarians. Only we care to see this man’s exponentially growing career path. Only we care to see how this man transformed from a communist person – bloodily opposing private property, violently acting against the freedom of speech with, humiliating the Christian believers daily, sorting based on origin, imagining democracy as a one-party ruling system – to a successful, influential businessman. And then we saw how he marched back to politics (similarly as the refugees march today: they come, they rule) as the rich man who made it. And he really made it. He became Hungary’s Prime Minister, and, today, he poses as a charming Democrat in front the CNN’s camera.
And we are just standing here puzzled. How did this happen? How is it possible that what we see and what we know, others don’t see and don’t know? Or if they don’t know, why they don’t care to know? Would the daily political interest overrule common sense? Would the political agenda overrule credibility? Honour? Truth? Would the media and its people be simply a subordinate tool in the hands of the big games of politics? Would this Gyurcsány-kind PR tricks be not fully transparent for everyone? And would CNN and Christiane Amanpour, simply not care who they praise for generosity?
And yes, it seems that Ferenc Gyurcsány has an influence today. And he is sitting as a hero Democrat answering a seemingly objective reporter’s questions as an influencing factor. And it seems that the CNN and Christiane Amanpour don’t want to know that under Orbán’s dictatorship – as the foreign media likes to call it –, no police officer beat up protesters, no police officer shot a protesters group with rubber bullets just because they politically stand on the other side, and there was never blood on the streets of Budapest. Unlike, under the Democrat, Ferenc Gyurcsány’s government.
Ferenc Gyurcsány has no influencing factor in today’s Hungarian political scene. He is one of the least popular politicians. But the CNN didn’t seem to care who that man on that beautiful picture with a family of refugees is. They did not care who this man is, what he did in his life, or what morals he stands by.
The CNN cheated on its viewers. But Gyurcsány also cheated on the CNN: hosting a few refugees/immigrants for a night, feeding them and then meticulously hygienize everything they touched is not a big sacrifice if he gets what he always wanted: Gyurcsány became the news and he is praised by foreigners’ comments. And now he feels just when the CNN says he is different than Viktor Orbán.
Yes, Christiane, he is very different.