As promised, here are my findings. Since the contents of the online papers change from minute to minute, this is a "slice of time" analysis.
My first impression is that Magyar Nemzet simply leaves out those MTI reports that in the opinion of the editors don't fit into the paper's ideological framework. In plain language, any criticism of the government is ignored. The most obvious such item today was "the uproar in Austrian commercial circles" over the extra tax on mostly foreign chains. The Austrian companies claim that they lost a lot of money as it is in the last few years because of the decrease in Hungarians' purchasing power. In comparison, Népszabadság reported on the story, although the editors changed the title, making it less forceful: the Austrians were not in an uproar, they only found the new taxes strange.
Staying on the same topic. It turned out that a conference was organized some time ago by the association of private pension and healthcare funds. It took place yesterday. One can imagine the confusion at the Siófok hotel where it was held. No one knew how these vaguely formulated plans would affect them. Népszabadság sent a reporter to the scene and an article appeared about "the resistance" to the measures that allow the state to withhold payments by their customers. If Magyar Nemzet sent a reporter to Siófok, there is no sign of any article on the subject, at least not in the online edition. The new taxes and the question of the private pension funds are on everybody's lips, but Magyar Nemzet simply announced that the bills will be presented to parliament today and speedily enacted.
Magyar Nemzet's most important item today seems István Tarlós's inauguration as the first right-wing mayor of Budapest. Interestingly, the article is not so much about Tarlós but about Viktor Orbán who was present and made a speech. In it one can read details about what "the country expects from the capital and its new leadership." Only in the second part of the article can one read about Tarlós's speech and that the new mayor considers the financial state of Budapest so bad that "radical steps" must be taken "in a humane manner." In plain language, a lot of people will be fired. While in Magyar Nemzet the headline of the article read: "Orbán: Budapest is no longer the city of scandals," Népszabadság stuck closer to the original MTI report and concentrated on Tarlós, mentioning that the inauguration took place in the presence of Orbán.
As for news about MSZP, Népszabadság wrote that Iván Vitányi, the grand old man of the party, will join Ferenc Gyurcsány's new platform called Democratic Coalition. It also reported that Tibor Szanyi announced that the party, which will have a meeting of the steering committee tomorrow, must not tolerate any dissent at this junction. Magyar Nemzet ignored the rather important MSZP meeting tomorrow where Ildikó Lendvai, Ferenc Gyurcsány, and Attila Mesterházy will be the key speakers. Instead it reported on a television interview with Péter Medgyessy this morning. Medgyessy, who blames Gyurcsány for his fall, is no friend of his successor, and in this interview he expressed his opinion that Gyurcsány was far too pushy and should have waited for his turn. At the same time he praised László Botka, the mayor of Szeged who managed to win the election against his Fidesz opponent in spite of a personal visit to the city by Viktor Orbán. Botka in a lengthy interview a few days ago made it crystal clear that all those who are responsible for the party's decline should disappear forever and he pretty much offered himself as party leader. Magyar Nemzet might prefer Botka to Gyurcsány, but I sure wouldn't like to be in the shoes of Botka whose city council with its Fidesz majority refuses to cooperate with him. The inhabitants of Szeged will soon be very sorry that they stuck with their MSZP mayor. Magyar Nemzet also found an interview in the socialist Népszava with József Tóth, the very popular and therefore reelected mayor of one of the Budapest districts, who opined that in the life of the party the next year will be crucial. It will be the time to find out whether MSZP remains intact or falls apart.
Both papers talked about the state of healthcare. Népszabadság claimed that in the 2011 budget Hungarian healthcare will receive 100 billion forints less than this year. Journalists asked different important people in the healthcare sector and, depending on the ideological bent of those asked, they either didn't believe it or they were outraged. Magyar Nemzet acted as if they had never heard the rumor and only quoted István Mikola, earlier the medical expert in Fidesz, who thinks that in ten years the state of Hungarian medicine will be on par with the best in the world.
Another noteworthy news item published in Népszabadság was the latest government plan. The Orbán government intends to put 100 billion forints into the development of the credit unions through which the government wants to help small- and middle-size firms in Hungarian hands. Magyar Nemzet made no mention of this new development, perhaps because taking away money from largely foreign-owned banks and giving the money to credit unions might look a tad suspicious.
Hungarians who read only Magyar Nemzet hear absolutely nothing about foreign and domestic reactions to Viktor Orbán's latest economic announcements. As far as MTI news is concerned, Magyar Nemzet is selective. As for the opposition they naturally pick news that reflects badly on them: dissension, criticism, dire predictions about the future. Two papers, two worlds.