Where the Truth Has No Value

The government's decision to increase the rate of VAT to 18 percent has triggered a lazy, populist response in the media that is most taxing.

The media is going crazy, right in front of our eyes. Every day the expressions are becoming more and more extreme and populist. There are no counterarguments, no understatement; everything is harsh and crass. The important thing is to grab the listeners' ears and viewers' eyes, just as long as they don't switch to another channel. So they give them exactly what they want: Stories in which everything is...