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The mainstream western media put up an unprecedented ballyhoo about the elections in Hungary. It feels good but somewhat funny as well. It feels good because it has been my strong conviction for a long time that Hungary is the centre of the world and a flower on God’s hat, as the old folk saying goes, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this view of mine is shared by the “whole” West.
On Sunday, The New York Times published a 2,500-word article on Hungary, “As West Fears the Rise of Autocrats, Hungary Shows What’s Possible.” It even appeared on the front page of the print edition, featured front and center with photos, under a somewhat less subtle title, “Taking an Ax to Democracy as Europe Fidgets.”
“Clearly, Mr. Orban is playing the European Union for a patsy,” the New York Times editors write in a piece published yesterday. “At what point will the union have the courage to take action against his policies?”