Television and radio news bulletins also quoted The Zimbabwe Mirror's (7/7) lead story about the source and amount of the MDC's campaign funds and used it as an opportunity to interview a "political analyst", Jonathan Moyo, who said it confirmed allegations the party was a front for racist colonial forces.
It also attracted the belated attention of ZBC (but only on television's 8pm bulletin (7/7)) who wheeled out ZANU PF's election campaign manager, Jonathan Moyo, disguised as "a political analyst" describing the announcement as a non-event because Mugabe had not appointed ministers for the MDC to shadow.
ZBC named the alleged trustees of the account and quoted ZANU PF spokesman, Jonathan Moyo, saying that the massive sponsorship of the MDC proved it was a front for local white farmers and their British masters.
No comment was sought from the MDC
and neither did the reporter question Moyo
about how much money the ruling party had spent on its election campaign or where its funds had come from, all which would have balanced the story and made the debate about party funding more interesting.
The story was followed up the next day featuring a denial by MDC
that it had raised anywhere near $600 million; the figure, it said, was closer to $100million.
The denial was broadcast on all radio stations' 1pm bulletins, but was dropped in the evening's 6pm and 8pm bulletins.
The denial was broadcast on television's 1:30pm news, Nhau Indaba and on its 8pm news.
The denial was followed by an item in which Jonathan Moyo
criticized the decision by the MDC
to challenge the election results in some constituencies saying that this was the work of foreign agents aimed at discrediting the country's electoral process.
went on to say that one fact which had been overlooked was that the elections had seen the unprecedented participation of international forces, working in collusion with world media organizations and church groups.
was the only source quoted in the entire story.