Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
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Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
I always wondered WHY SOMEBODY didn't do something about that. Then I realized: I am SOMEBODY.
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#Greece: State broadcaster #ERT monster was created by politicians | right on target @howden_africa !

#Greece: State broadcaster #ERT monster was created by politicians | right on target @howden_africa ! | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
Much of what went wrong with modern Greece left its mark somewhere in the gloomy hallways of the headquarters of ERT, the state broadcaster.

In the decades of two-party rule that followed both sides stuffed ERT with political appointees. It was never allowed to evolve from a state mouthpiece into a public service broadcaster, despite the valiant efforts of some staff. Editors were promoted, bullied or replaced according to the whim of the government of the day.

This way it grew to have a staff of nearly 3,000 and an annual budget of $300m. In all its stagnant clientelism it was a microcosm of Greece's wider malaise. Even its loudest supporters knew that it needed reform.

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Κλείνουν 13 νοσοκομεία σε όλη την Ελλάδα! Closed 13 Hospitals Across Greece! #ert

Κλείνουν 13 νοσοκομεία σε όλη την Ελλάδα! Closed 13 Hospitals Across Greece! #ert | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it

after ERT hospital are next?!?!?

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#ERT (Greek state tv-radio) is dead: A blacklisted person’s lament

#ERT (Greek state tv-radio) is dead: A blacklisted person’s lament | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it

 I was even accused of High Treason by the then General Secretary of the Finance Ministry. But as time passed and calls for a ‘debt restructure’ began to be voiced by other commentators too, ERT producers started telling me that government officials were leaning on them to keep me off television screens. Still, even after the Propaganda Minister issued his verbal order, ERT producers kept inviting me, in defiance of their political masters. However, one day things came to a head.

Just before I was interviewed on ERT’s NET main news bulletin, Ms Elli Stai (the anchor) asked of me, almost as a favour, that I do not speak the two ‘forbidden’ words: ‘debt restructuring’.

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