Jordi Évolewho likes to give journalism lessons, had no problem photographing himself with Arnaldo Otegiconvicted of belonging to ETA, after giving him a television interview in 2016 in which he never agreed to apologize for the victims killed by the terrorist group.
However, that refusal did not prevent Évole, at the end of the interview in which Otegi also revealed that the day Miguel Ángel Blanco was murdered he was enjoying a day at the beach with his family, allowing himself to be photographed with the former prisoner taken by the shoulders, in an attitude of total trust and camaraderie.
But this was not the first interview that Évole did with Otegi. In 2009, with ETA still holding guns, the former known as a troublemaker conducted a brief interview with the man sentenced to ten years in prison for rebuilding the outlawed Batasuna under ETA orders, in which Otegi repeatedly refused to condemn the violence.
In a humorous tone, as if it were something funny that Otegi did not condemn the murder of more than 800 people, Évole invited him to condemn the violence, something that Otegi, between wide laughs and smiles, refused to do because “the condemnation of violence is not effective” and to end the “conflict” you have to be “intelligent”.
Despite this attitude, Évole had no problem meeting Otegi again seven years later and interviewing him on his program Salvados, where the now leader of Bildu came to justify the murder of journalists as a way for ETA to “put the issue of how the media treated the conflict.
In addition to this whitewashing of ETA and its entourage, Évole has been characterized by acting as a propagandist spokesman for the Government with his program as a tool. A program in which he soon blamed the rise in the price of electricity on Mariano Rajoy when he was Prime Minister.
On the other hand, with Pedro Sánchez in La Moncloa he had to do a program about the absolutely skyrocketing price of electricity in recent months, triple what it was when the PP governed, solely because criticism tirelessly accumulated and, of course, he did in a comic tone instead of the high levels of drama that the program reached when Rajoy ruled.
This being the case, Jordi Évole continues to dare to give journalism lessons to the staff from a modest pretense, but at OKDIARIO we do not forget who he likes to take photos with and for which governments he is a propagandist.