The BBC’s misreporting on Greece
This morning Andrew Marr had Peter Mandelson on his programme. Mandelson said that Greece faced a choice between a) coming to a deal with its creditors; and b) defaulting and leaving the Eurozone. [not up on iplayer yet, and I'll do the exact quote when it is].
#marr conflating default with leaving the euro, I see. Pitiful ignorance of EU law and of SYRIZA’s aims.
Now Yanis has blogged even more furiously but in a similar vein, in a piece pithily titled Message to the BBC and assorted international media on this Greek Election Day: Try to recover your journalistic principles even at the eleventh hour!:
Go read it, but this is Yanis’s key point contradicting Mandelsonian stupidity:
Greeks are NOT voting on whether they want to stay in the Eurosystem or to leave. They are voting between two different programs on how to survive within the Eurozone.
Marr and his producers should be ashamed of himself for not picking up Mandelson on his poor understanding of what the election is about (and for inviting Mandelson in the first place to pontificate on something he clearly doesn’t understand properly).
More broadly, I agree with Yanis. What the fuck has happened to proper reporting (Paul Mason excepted of course)?