If you are a journalist looking for an interview with a 5 Star Movement politician, sooner or later you will have to send a message to the aspiring 5 Star government minister. And before saying another word, he will respond with one name: “Casalino.”
It means that in order to interview the person in question, you need to request Rocco Casalino’s authorization. From the engine room, the latter rations permissions, manages the expression of opinions, produces an internal hierarchy of Grillini (thus determining who should become known) and also a list of acceptable reporters. Luigi Di Maio went even further. He published on his Facebook profile a letter sent to the president of the Council of Journalists with a list of journalists considered enemies of M5S. The list is apparently a banishment.
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and listen.” These are words of the white supremacist (and puppeteer of fake news for electoral purposes) Steve Bannon, who attacked the information systems before the election of Donald Trump. The same concepts have been repeated for years in Italy by Beppe Grillo and his institutional spokesmen.