The Berlusconi Channel

Anyone tuned into the nightly prime-time TV show Blob might easily conclude that despite Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's virtual stranglehold on television broadcasting, the media in Italy have a free run. Blob , the creation of eccentric film buff turned TV maven Enrico Ghezzi, offers one of Italy's best shows by pasting together clips from some of its worst. Five excruciating seconds of a half-naked, singing showgirl segues into 30 seconds of politicians shouting each other down, which cuts to the day's sappiest moment from a low-budget soap. Into this kaleidoscope of bad taste Ghezzi inserts a few news highlights, often...

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