It’s disheartening, almost outrageous, to see conservative government ministers and socialist opposition figures appearing on television news bulletins and talk shows. Viewers cringe every time they hear a journalist from a private channel talk to a minister as if he were a fishwife. Most surprisingly, politicians choose to stay on these panels despite the numerous insults fired at them by their hosts. It used to be that ministers had some standing; they were respected. Worse still, the endless humiliation of Greece’s political figures on these television panels is undermining the country’s political system at large. The politicians’ need for political promotion ahead of the coming election may be understandable, but someone has to put the brakes on this unacceptable situation.