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Editorial

Wiretapping Is not News for the American Media

Since Friday, August 5, when, out of nowhere, the news of the wiretapping of the then-candidate for the presidency of KINAL-PASOK was made public, I have been constantly searching the major American newspapers for possible coverage of the event.

I thought that at least one of the major New York newspapers, i.e. The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal would publish the story – at least inside, if not down on the front page.

If not those papers, then perhaps one of the tabloids like the New York Post or the Daily News.

The subject is ‘disturbing’, it has to do with spying, eavesdropping, etc.

So I keep checking their websites and print editions and… nothing.

The exception is the Washington Post, although, apart from yesterday’s short and poorly written text, it does not say anything new.

This is true so far. Of course, it can change from minute to minute.

Maybe tomorrow one of these papers will publish a long, well-placed article – but logically, it should have already been done.

To what do I attribute this? Firstly, that the people in charge of the international news department are evaluating the story in proper perspective and based on the steps taken by the Greek Prime Minister so far, they do not find it newsworthy and they do not want to trouble their staff or their readers with it.

And, secondly, it seems that they are influenced by the image they have of Mitsotakis.

They realize that the image of that impressive Prime Minister who spoke to Congress is not consistent with the image that Tsipras is trying to attach to him.

The image Tsipras is trying to create is not consistent with the image of a Prime Minister who has faced one crisis after another with success.

This is already the case with public opinion in Greece.

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