Rafał Trzaskowski began his campaign with an attack on public television, TVP. In an interview for Polsat News, the Civic Coalition candidate said that TVP breaks people’s spirits and is the nest of hate. Earlier, he said to the reporter from TVP Info who was asking him questions that she has only a few weeks to ask questions, implying that she will be out of the job if he is elected. This caused outrage among various journalists, including those who don’t approve of public television’s standards. Yesterday, during a special press conference in front of TVP headquarters, Trzaskowski accused the television’s board members of giving themselves huge bonuses and announced that he will be organising a nation-wide debate on public media.
“I don’t know if you know, but just a few days ago in the building behind me the board of public television gave itself huge bonuses amounting to millions of zloty. Do you know for what? For exceptional financial results. All of this when the public television was asking for billions of zloty from the state”, stated Trzaskowski.
Three hours later, TVP made a statement denying the accusations and announcing a lawsuit against Trzaskowski, giving him an hour to apologise and correct his words. He did not do that. Today, deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński was asked by Radio RMF FM whether the Law and Justice party was using the public media.
“Every government after 1989 used public media, since it is an important tool in a democracy, especially when there is no balanced media market and there is no balance in Polish media. It is clear that the public media are somewhat connected with the ruling party, but that’s how it always has been, let’s not be hypocrites”, commented the deputy PM.
Commentators stress that the swift start of the political campaign of Rafał Trzaskowski is part of the plan to divide the Polish political scene and mobilise the loyal electorate of the Civic Platform party which was left disoriented after the catastrophic campaign of Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska.
“They bet on a more dynamic, offensive if not aggressive campaign and it seems it might bear fruit. Today, Rafał Trzaskowski is the main subject of discussion among almost all politicians and political commentators. Of course, it’s also due to the effect of something new and fresh”, stated Tomasz Żółciak, a columnist from the "Gazeta Prawna" daily.
According to the latest survey by the Social Changes pollster, 41% of those surveyed would vote for Andrzej Duda which is 8 percentage points less than in the pollster’s last survey. Rafał Trzaskowski would come second with 21%, followed by Szymon Hołownia with 18%.
Author: Michał Wyrzyk
Source: Poland Daily