Drafting. The journalist Jesús Cintora, one of the leaders of political and social journalism in Spain, presents his latest book in Ayamonte, ‘They don’t want you to know it’, which has been among the best sellers in our country in the non-fiction category since it went on sale and is now in its third edition.
It will be this Friday at 8:30 p.m., at the Casa Grande cultural center, with an act open to questions from the publicin which the television presenter will address what is happening behind the scenes in the world of television, journalism in general, politics or the economy.
In ‘They don’t want you to know’, Cintora investigates, gives her opinion and shows a map “of the true distribution of power in Spain, of the stoppers that stop progress and makes a commitment to regeneration”.
Jesús Cintora has presented programs such as ‘Las cosa claras’, on TVE; ‘The mornings of Four’, in Mediaset or ‘Carretera y manta’, in La Sexta. He has also worked on Cadena SER, coordinating the news section of ‘Hoy por hoy’, with Iñaky Gabilondo, and has directed the newscasts ‘Matinal’, ‘Hora 14’ and ‘Hora 25. Fin de semana’, among others. .
‘They don’t want you to know’ by Jesús Cintora
‘They don’t want you to know’, book by Jesús Cintora. Reach the third edition. It has been among the best-selling books in Spain in the non-fiction category since it went on sale.
The journalist Jesús Cintora is one of the leaders of political and social journalism in Spain. He has presented programs such as ‘Las cosa claras’, on TVE; ‘The mornings of Four’, on Mediaset; ‘Carretera y manta’, in La Sexta; various programs on Cadena SER, where he worked with Iñaki Gabilondo…
Cintora has combined the publication of ‘They don’t want you to know it’ with a tour throughout Spain with acts, with free admission, open to questions from the public. The attendees are curious, above all, about what is happening behind the scenes in the world of television, journalism in general, politics or the economy. The journalist, with more than 25 years of experience presenting programs in the guild, both on television and radio, answers without hesitation.
In ‘They don’t want you to know’, Cintora investigates, gives her opinion and shows a map “of the true distribution of power in Spain, of the stoppers that stop progress and makes a commitment to regeneration”. The author begins with a beautiful narration of his childhood in the late 70s and early 80s. The son of a housewife and a village rancher, Jesús Cintora thus delves into his beginnings in journalism and the obstacles that has been finding to carry out the profession with not a few sticks in the wheels.
Some evaluations of Cintora in his book and in interviews:
“People are experiencing robberies every day with their faces uncovered, with suits and ties. They take longer and longer to give us an appointment with the Primary Care doctor or for us to see the specialist or for an operation to arrive that has us on the waiting list; we live the increase in prices in the street or in the receipts that arrive at home; economic inequalities are increasing, because sectors such as banking or private health are earning more and more”.
“The policy carried out for the people is necessary, because if the democratically elected ones do not carry it out, economic powers that do not appear in the elections try to carry it out permanently. Biggers in the economy, investment funds or revolving doors are symptoms of all this. The world has been turning towards a greater accumulation of oligarchies and funds that we are unaware of, but that intervene in our health, our education, our media and, of course, in our lives. They are actors who often think more about profit than service, and that’s where we have a problem.”
“Journalism is telling what happens. It seems simple, but it becomes complex or impossible when it comes to powerful people. In Spain, what affects an average citizen and a Head of State or a builder like Florentino Pérez and my grandfather, who was a mason’s pawn, has not been counted in the same way.
“Journalism is a fundamental pillar in a democracy, because it must bring what is happening to the people. Knowing what happens can give rise to decisions. If it is hidden, we are denying the possibility of improvements.”
“Respect for freedom of expression must be demonstrated. It is not valid as a simple slogan. There are people who fill their mouths with slogans that they do not comply with when they can do so”
“There is a game of interests that sometimes perverts the right to information. There are media that depend more and more on funding that comes from public administration or economic power. If it comes with transparency and justice, fine, but sometimes those parameters are not met and that determines what is told and what is hidden. More and more media are linked to the interest of those who do not understand freedom of the press and believe that only what interests them should be told. There are media and journalists that depend on the economic or political favor of power and they are much more involved in that than in telling what is happening well.”
“It is a scourge when things are not done according to professional criteria, but rather due to ambition or nepotism. In politics or in journalism there are good people and also authentic psychopaths who only think about being there, for their own benefit, who do not have a vocation for public service, but for self-service.
“Marketing cannot eat politics, which is the management of the public, not the permanent electoral strategy. I am not saying that marketing is bad, because there are elements necessary to reach citizens, but these cannot replace management, that we focus on what has been done, not on the gesture, on the pose, on the politician’s statements, rather than in his deeds. That is devastating for a people, because then the appearance of what is done is worth more than what has actually been done”.
“Polarization leads us to a waste of time and energy. It’s a smokescreen. While we are distracted in whether it is one or the other’s fault, the problems to be solved are not addressed. The pandemic was a clear example. Arguing about whether one or the other was responsible is far from seriously addressing the necessary improvements in our public health system. There are events such as deaths in residences that should not go unpunished and without taking improvement measures with a cloak of opacity.
“Today, perhaps the main ideology is common sense. Something that is contrary to selfishness and that is related to the fact that I stay, above all, with good people. Although it is very difficult to detect them and they can hit you where you least expect it. That’s why good people must be kept like a treasure. I also value those who achieve things with effort, not stepping on others”.
Jesús Cintora has been uncovering the ins and outs of politics in the last decade in Spain, publishing the books “They don’t want you to know it”, “The Conjura”, “Conspiracies” and “The hour of truth”.