There was once a love letter by one William Ward to Silvio Berlusconi published in Newsweek:
It’s not just for his showmanship; Italians also appreciate his hard work as a retail politician and electoral strategist. Berlusconi has not only made his business-friendly, antibureaucracy agenda commendably clear in a country where party manifestoes do not exist, but has also cobbled together an effective coalition of disparate, sometimes hostile, elements on the center-right. No other conservative politician has had the patience, the guile, or the charisma to do the same. And this ability to hold a coalition together has paid off. Berlusconi is the only postwar Italian premier to have served a full five-year term. That’s not just a record; it has also contributed to Italy’s stability and coherence.
Which prompted this letter to the editor:
Both Panorama and Il Foglio, for which William Ward is the London correspondent, are owned by the Berlusconi family. You should have disclosed that the author of “Berlusconi the Bold,” “a defense of Italy’s prime minister,” is, in fact, one of Silvio Berlusconi’s employees.
Pietro Slavich, Paris, France
Yeah, should have.