OPINION

Television in the ER

Private television channels have sunk to new depths of vulgarity. After the television trials, it’s now the turn of live medical councils. Ever since the bad news emerged about Archbishop Christodouols’s operation, all the commercial networks (with one exception) have staged a horror show, posing extremely important questions to media-savvy doctors. But what can be said of a diagnosis that is made thousands of kilometers away? And how reliable can certain doctors be when they are exercising their profession in front of the television cameras? It’s not the news bulletins that are being discredited over the past few days. That’s old news. The casualty this time is medical science itself. Unfortunately, this media stance has been castigated only by the Union of Athens-Piraeus Hospital Doctors (EINAP), while the Athens Medical Association failed to condemn the incident. Human pain is once again subject to exploitation as a means to boost ratings. Sure, there is no ban on being inhuman but it’s time people showed some resistance. Those who have some respect for the country and their fellow citizens ought to reach for their remote controls.