Greece’s New Prime Minister Is Just as Populist as the Old One – Foreign Policy
After two elections and a highly charged referendum campaign, Syriza’s populist message has ceased to resonate with voters. That’s in part because ND has dominated the media. In the run-up to the vote, Syriza was almost nowhere to be found. ND not only vastly outspent the other party in terms of advertising, but it enjoyed unlimited support from newspapers and among the talking heads who dominate television coverage. ND also recruited journalists to become candidates, thus leveraging their positions in broadcasting and publishing in support of the campaign (in violation of all journalistic ethics). Syriza only managed to grab a few paltry headlines when Tsipras made personal campaign appearances.