The Croatian HDZ party on Tuesday said in an unsigned Facebook post that the Prime Minister and their leader, Andrej Plenkovic, had not "started a war against the media."
“Neither did the Prime Minister leave the news conference – he is available to the media on a daily basis – nor did he start a war on media. It is his right to politically reply to an analyst who is a declared and professed leftist (Zoran Lalic) and to a journalist who instead of professionalism shows arrogance and obvious bias,” HDZ posted on their official Facebook profile.
They also referred to a question asked by N1 television reporter, Hrvoje Kresic, who told Plenkovic in a news conference earlier on Tuesday that if Plenkovic wanted to be an editor that he should apply for a position at N1. HDZ said that the remark was “patronizing.”
“(That’s what it looks like) when a reporter reveals that he is in fact an activist with a bias who got it into his head that he has been elected, and with arrogance – as if he is a member of the opposition – dotes the Prime Minister to come to get a student job at N1 – a production company with an address in Luxembourg,” the unsigned post said.
In the exchange, Kresic had told Plenkovic that if he wanted to edit the media that he should apply for an open position which is available to students only, but that “once you get in, one can climb the ladder quickly.” Plenkovic responded using a soccer metaphor, telling Kresic that he was “going deep into offside position” by making that remark.
“I have to say, you have all become a bit too arrogant. The way you seem to think that you can come here and lecture me and posture like this – saying how I should go work as a student for a production company from Luxembourg – well feel free to stick that to a wall somewhere at your home and stare at it,” Plenkovic told Kresic.