OPINION

The red line of populism

A number of news organizations in Greece or, more accurately, some of the electronic media seem to possess a bottomless reserve of irresponsibility in dealing the debt crisis dogging the country.

The Greek media are no strangers to populism but, as we have often seen in the past, excess populism can sometimes be dangerous.

When you see television channels urging their audiences to take to the streets or to burn their emergency tax notices in public, you are clearly crossing a line.

We all feel angry, frustrated and worried about the future. But when we pour more oil onto the flames — either in order to increase ratings or in order to serve ulterior motives — it is clear that we are pushing the country down the road to destruction.

Regardless of who is ruling the country today or tomorrow, things like this are a sign of a very deep decline.

In one way, they go some way toward explaining how we have reached the situation we are in now.