US Media Underreports Berlusconi’s Decade of Corruption and Bigotry

by Project Censored
Published: Updated:

Former Italian prime minister and television mogul Silvio Berlusconi was forced out of office in November 2011. Though his resignation was widely reported by corporate media, the full extent of his corruption and bigotry has not been well documented in US news.  Berlusconi faced numerous charges of embezzlement, corruption, and sexual encounters with underage girls.  During his time in office he contemplated changing his party’s name to “Go Pussy!” in hopes to garner more supporters. He tried to balance his misogynistic views with homophobic comments, such as “It’s better to like beautiful girls than to be gay.”

In a nine-month span he spent £80,000 flying girls from all over Europe for one of his lewd parties and would often pay a girl a minimum of £4,000 for a night with her. While indulging himself at taxpayers’ expense, he said that survivors of the April 2009 L’Aquila earthquake should view their plight “like a weekend of camping.”

His behavior and conduct with world leaders was just as deplorable.  He called Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel an “un****able lard-ass” while she waited to discuss Italy’s economy with him. When he met with Finnish President Tarja Halonen to discuss Italy’s inability to host the European Food Safety Authority, he stated, “I had to use all my playboy tactics.”

It is a wonder that Berlusconi managed to maintain office for a decade after being so insensitive to his citizens. He said women were raped because they were too pretty and should have stayed home for their own safety. He tried to justify his remark by saying it was a compliment to Italian women. He believes that Mussolini never killed anyone but simply sent them on a holiday called exile.

As accusations and irrefutable proof of his lewd endeavors and callous leadership mounted, Berlusconi shrugged off his critics, saying, “I am not a saint, you’ve all understood that.”

Title: Female guests at Silvio Berlusconi’s parties were prostitutes, police witness says

Author: Nick Pisa

Publication: The Telegraph (UK)

Date of Publication: 2 December 2011



Title: Berlusconi’s ‘escort fixer’ spent 80,000 euros in nine months flying girls in from London for sex parties

Author: Nick Pisa

Publication: Daily Mail (UK)

Date of Publication: 20 September 2011



Title: Angela Merkel undermined by outspoken MPs

Author: Tony Patterson

Publication: The Independent (UK)

Date of Publication: 15 September 2011



Title: Merkel becomes latest Berlusconi victim

Publication: Global Post

Date of Publication: 15 September 2011



Title: Berlusconi upsets women over rape remedy

Author: Paola Totaro

Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

Date of Publication: 27 January 2009



Title: Berlusconi’s Women, Adoring and Otherwise

Author: Samantha Henig

Publication: The New Yorker

Date of Publication: 30 May 2011



Student Researcher: Natalie Mar, Santa Rosa Junior College

Faculty Evaluator: Susan Rahman, Santa Rosa Junior College