The Fragile Journalism. The last 52 days of the 2006 political elections ABSTRACT: During the last two months of the national election campaign in 2006, the Italian political journalism persisted in his fragile condition of subordination towards the political systems. This hypothesis is confirmed by a content analysis which investigates the coverage assigned to the two candidates (Silvio Berlusconi and Romano Prodi), in the pages of Corriere della Sera and Sole 24 Ore, during the last 52 days of campaigning. The analysis lead to three main results. First, the Italian political journalism is still dominated by his collateralism in front of the political power: especially the Corriere della Sera has been strongly partisan, supporting the centre-left candidate and criticizing the centre-right one. Second, the agenda of the campaign was build up following the interests of the two coalition’s strategies. Third, the news production in Italy is influenced by the international trends of commercialization, that in the classical cluster of political, policy, personal and campaign issues, privileges the last two kind of topics.