“In journalism there has always been a tension between doing it first and doing it right,” wrote veteran American journalist Ellen Goodman, a 1980 Pulitzer winner. Perhaps now, in the age of digital journalism, we should call that tension drama: the The alternative is no longer between being the first or being the ones who tell it best, but between rigor and error. How many mistakes are the product of haste, of the lack of proper corroboration. How many nerves do we leave on the keyboard when, with the shift manager on the back of the head, the only thing you hear in the newsroom is “come on, run, publish now!”
I do not want to be confused: in EL ESPAÑOL we fight like lions every second to be the first. As when we anticipated the intention of the Government to make a law for the Crown, the resignation of the spokesman for the Covid group, that the Constitutional Court charged the capital gains tax or the penalties for the defendants of the ‘procés’.
Readers can be sure that there will be many more firsts that they will be able to know in this medium and the confidence that we will tell them so that speed does not sacrifice verification. But what I want to underline is that our most transcendent bet is focused on exclusive quality content. Information, reports, analysis and opinions that provide added value and allow us to interpret what happens in a complex world, full of noise and confusion.
In those three adjectives is the challenge. At EL ESPAÑOL we are prepared. And we are trained.
Here readers were able to see for the first time the signature of Juan Carlos I along with that of his former lover Corinna Larsen on documents that had been hidden for 12 years, since in August 2008 the then head of state opened, by interposed persons, a bank account in Switzerland to hide a fortune of 100 million dollars.
It was a series of exclusives in which we revealed the creation of the Lucum Foundation – the opaque structure that Don Juan Carlos ordered his Swiss managers to create in a meeting held in the La Zarzuela palace itself – how the money arrived, how it was hidden and his final delivery to Larsen.
We also tell how Don Juan Carlos tried to shield Corinna to keep the money without consequences for her and how those funds were expressly excluded from the king’s inheritance so that they cannot be claimed by Felipe VI or by his sisters, the infantas Elena and Cristina.
The luxury duplex in Villars in which Corinna and Juan Carlos I lived together and which was discovered by EL ESPAÑOL in November 2015 reappeared in the Swiss investigation: the administrator of the Lucum Foundation, Arturo Fasana, had huge amounts of money there in metalic.
Kitchen, Pujol, Maduro
It was also in EL ESPAÑOL where the existence of a police operation was revealed for the first time to steal the former treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas compromising documentation for the party that his wife, Rosalía Iglesias, kept. Three years later, the National Court began the investigation of the Kitchen operation, which today close to former officials of the Ministry of the Interior and the PP.
Readers could learn here that the very honorable president of Catalonia Jordi Pujol lied to the judges, the Catalan Parliament and the Treasury when he assured that he did not have a hidden fortune in Andorra.
Thanks to EL ESPAÑOL we learned the ins and outs of the so-called Operation Freedom in Venezuela, when Nicolás Maduro had already agreed with Trump, Putin and Guaidó their departure to Cuba. We learned about the privileges of the ‘procés’ prisoners in the Lledoners prison. And the unpresentable whatsapp released by Senator Cosidó about the distribution of the General Council of the Judiciary between the PP and the PSOE, the news that has made the phrase ‘controlando the Second Room from behind ‘. A few hours later, EL ESPAÑOL previewed the announcement by the president of the Penal Chamber, Manuel Marchena, that he would not be a candidate to preside over the CGPJ. “I have never conceived the exercise of the jurisdictional function as an instrument at the service of one or another political option,” said the judge, who with his resignation from the highest seat of the Judiciary frustrated the fix.
In all these years there has been exclusive news from the most diverse fields: in Invertia, in Jaleos, in sports, in culture, in science … Some of the journalists who have written them tell here how it was possible to get that unique content, the difficulties they encountered, the consequences that occurred.
And, yes, it’s true: there are very few things that match the adrenaline rush that an exclusive produces. The sacrifices, the insomnia, the endless hours of work, the fears, the effort … everything disappears when you just press the key to post and start thinking about the following story. But you know? An exclusive is nothing if we don’t have readers who devour it with the same passion with which we write it. For this reason, the satisfaction of offering “reliable, verified and high quality” news is only surpassed by the satisfaction of having on the other hand, united by a kind of umbilical cord, subscribers who are proud to share with us the challenge of doing better. to THE SPANISH. We are looking forward to you being one of them.