Before the elections, Iraqi Kurdish media engaged in rabble rousing, defamation and violating electoral rules, reporting more about what was wrong with the opposition than what was right with their own party.
The demographically diverse province of Diyala has it all: Politicians campaigning on sectarian and ethnic issues, feasts to entice apathetic voters and tribes who can make or break their own politicians.
Election campaigning has seen Iraqi media well paid. But in return, the illusion of neutrality has gone. In a bad sign for democracy, outlets have focused on scandals rather than policies, supporting whoever pays.