I have been following the work of Pilar and Fernando for many years, since I became interested in politics when I was very young. They have written in a number of media and participated in different radios, always dealing with the daily politics in Spain. Their work always was interesting because they got first hand, insightful information, often with insider comments that were most enlightening to get glimpses on the actual situation: the one which happens behind the curtains.
Yet unfortunately, the politics situation in Spain is getting more and more extremist, to the point that a feature formerly considered a virtue in media (independence) is currently extremely rare: in most cases, you can figure out what any journalist is going to say/write by only looking at the place he will speak/write: the good, old days where politically different, credible opinions could be read in a same journal, are gone. And today, people hardly have any exposure to the points of view of the opposite party, making any possibility of consensus in central topics almost an impossibility. And it leads to the sad situation where such topics (education, terrorism, foreign policy) are strongly debated and used as weapons against the other party, insted of being something commonly supported by the main parties.
Under such circumstances, it is rare to see people like Fernando and Pilar, enabled to make respectful criticism to both, the conservative and the socialist parties (called in Spain Partido Popular and Partido Socialista Obrero Español), so that usually their opinions deserve being closely followed and considered. However, it makes also (and I am figuring this out, as I am in no way linked to them) very difficult to continue publishing in places of high profile, given that the big communication groups in my country have no shame in showing their political preferences, which equals to excluding the truly independent journalists.
So I just wanted to pay homage, in these humble pages, to two people like Pilar and Fernando, whose work should be an example to journalists in the making. Their permanent effort to remain independent, and even their troubles in the world of communication, are to me a reminder that there are indeed reasons for hope: not everybody is ready to give up on principles to be favoured by the power.
I would like to conclude this comment by stating that, in my opinion, the most credible place to get information today, in Spain, is not the website of any big newspaper, like El País: it is a little web journal called Diario Crítico, directed by Fernando Jáuregui, where you will often find the "information that someone does not want to be published": the classic definition of news.
And finally, a petition: I would be most happy (and I guess I would not be alone on this petition) if I could listen to comments made in collaboration between Fernando and Pilar (as they have often done in the radio, in the past). Their often differing opinions are, again in my opinion, the best analysis of the reality you can currently find in this lovely country, Spain.