The heirs of populist journalism

Television crews film protesters in Larissa during a demonstration following the fatal collision of two trains, near the central Greek city last week, which claimed the lives of 57 people and injured score. [Giorgos Kidonas/Intime News]

Every miracle lasts three days - and so does mourning. Then, all hell breaks loose and Greece goes back to doing what it does best, which is shifting responsibilities.

It's the opposition against the government, the government against the opposition, railway network owner OSE against Hellenic Train, the company that operates the trains, and vice-versa, station masters against station masters, main opposition SYRIZA against everyone - and stuck in the middle are the journalists, who are criticized by everyone.

We have written before that journalism shares part of the responsibility for Greece's mess. If anything, it missed the biggest news since the restoration of democracy, which was the country's bankruptcy. At a time in 2008 when the country's government was talking about a "shielded economy," no one wondered what the country could endure fiscally when state-run OSE...

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