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Letter to Editor

Letter to the Editor: The NY Times Neglects to Mention Greece

February 22, 2023

To the Editor:

 

It is widely reported (notably NOT in the New York Times) that Greece was the FIRST country to send aid to Turkey and Syria. Greek firefighters, earthquake experts, rescue dogs, medical and food supplies, and heavy equipment were on planes to Turkey and Syria within 7 hours of the news of this event breaking and earlier than the true extent of the damage was even estimated.

This is truly remarkable considering the bellicose statements of President Erdogan against Greece.

The Times made particular mention that the U.S., Ukraine, India, and Israel have sent aid but NO mention of Greece’s immediate response. It appears that the Times makes mention of countries aiding Turkey and Syria based not on the speed and scale of rescue efforts, but seemingly with regard to what nations the Times presumes its readership wants to hear about and which it favors.

This is despicable, and, of course, fails to educate and inform their readership about what truly is happening regarding aid to the Turkish and Syrian people.

Moreover, it contributes to the impression long held by many Greek-Americans and fair-minded individuals that the Times harbors a pronounced anti-Greek animus.

PLEASE offer accurate and fair minded reportage of this event and others like it and give Greece the pride of place it deserves in this catastrophe: The FIRST nation to step forward, and to an avowed adversary’s aid.

 

Paul J. Kutscera., Esq.

Bayside, NY

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