These are earnings that are absolutely inadequate to the scale of earnings in Poland – said former President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24, referring to the earnings of the heads of the Television Information Agency. In his opinion, these sums show that “PiS was able to pay truly exorbitant amounts for its loyalty and propaganda service.”
Dariusz Joński, an MP from the Civic Coalition, published a response to the request for disclosure of public information about the earnings of the heads of the Television Information Agency. “Fasten your seat belts! This is the result of a real parliamentary inspection. Millions for the PiS bosses of TVP. We now know why they barricaded themselves there,” wrote Joński on the X website (formerly Twitter). The record holders are Michał Adamczyk and Jarosław Olechowski. Both of them collected approximately PLN 1.5 million in 2023.
Kwaśniewski: these earnings are absolutely inadequate to the scale of earnings in Poland
The former president commented on the case on TVN24 Aleksander Kwaśniewski. – These are earnings at the level of bank presidents, which means they are incredibly high in Polish conditions. I don’t know if Adam Glapiński knew that people on television earn so much, because maybe he would prefer to work on television. He undoubtedly has some inclination towards television appearances, so he would have a more interesting job than president of a bank, which is certainly not as exciting – he said.
Kwaśniewski said that “these earnings are absolutely inadequate to the scale of earnings in Poland, showing that PiS was able to pay truly exorbitant amounts for its loyalty and propaganda service.”
– I read somewhere today that the salary of the president or head of “Wiadomości” was higher than that of his counterpart at the BBC. We are talking about Great Britain, where the standard of living, where the amount of earnings is incomparably higher. So what happened is absurd, unacceptable – the former president continued.
– I think that this information, which will now also reach PiS voters, will make an impression. They also think that something is wrong here, people have simply been bought here, their honor has been bought for too much money – added Kwaśniewski.
Kwaśniewski: the goal is to unite the toughest electorate
Kwaśniewski also commented on the behavior of representatives of Law and Justice, who have been on duty at public media offices since the beginning of the changes in the public media, explaining that they are carrying out parliamentary interventions, although lawyers and government politicians say they have exceeded their powers.
– (They – ed.) are fighting to keep things the way they were, that is, to have an influence on public television, which is impossible. I think it is a mixture of two problems – psychological, i.e. they cannot accept defeat and they cannot accept that their main propaganda tube has stopped working – said the former president.
– I think that the political goal is to unite this toughest electorate, show what great harm is happening, perhaps create another myth for the next electionsthat they are the defenders of media pluralism against the actions of Tusk’s government and the coalition on October 15 – added Kwaśniewski.
According to the former president, this is a mixture of “ordinary psychology, i.e. shock after defeat and the inability to come to terms with it, with a cynical political goal to show that ‘we are the ones who defend pluralism’, perhaps even more, media freedom.” – Which is all absurd, of course, because we know what it was like for eight years. But these arguments will probably appeal to some of the most loyal electorate, he said.
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