Media 40: FT report on Greek election result

Is Mr Barber hoping to move to a populist newspaper?

tony barberAfter presenting the Greek general election as a “duel between reason and unreason” (FT, January 20), Tony Barber in Athens – in language unworthy of the Financial Times – records the success of Syriza in the Greek general election.

His selection of emotive phrases in the first five paragraphs, calculated to diminish the new government’s image, includes:

  • ‘odd couple of Greek politics’ – to be translated according to the readers’ prejudices;
  • its coalition: ‘an unholy alliance’;
  • ‘eastern Mediterranean bedfellows’;
  • ‘the apparent madness of Mr Tsipras in jumping under the sheets with Panos Kammenos, leader of the Independent Greeks’;
  • ‘muzzle Syriza ultra-leftist factions’ – mad dog implication
  • ‘Europe’s radical left’ – more in the offing, a threat.


Mr Barber then pulls himself together and delivers the sort of dispassionate analysis of the difficulties facing the new Greek government, which is consistent with the FT’s usual approach.


Posted on January 27, 2015, in Democracy, EU, Media and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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