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by DoDo on Tue May 25th, 2010 at 06:45:55 AM EST
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How do you do that without appearing like a nut :-) ? "Hi I'm a blogger, and I've written this excellent (if I may say so myself) piece on the IMF's cluelessness about Greece, won't you please publish it?". How is it done?

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by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Tue May 25th, 2010 at 07:57:05 AM EST
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Never having had an op ed piece published myself, I'm hardly an expert, but what I would do is:

  1. Give it snappy title: e.g. "IMF does Greece no favours" and maybe start with a quote from Stiglitz about how IMF in depth country reviews generally involve not much more than checking out the 5 star hotels.

  2. Edit it down to c. 2,000 words and use somewhat more "neutral" impartial language in the commentary.  The absurdity of the IMF report speaks for itself.  As you are not an internationally renowned expert like Stiglitz your opinion counts for little but your factual rebuttals count for a lot where you can cite authoritative alternative stats.

  3. Remember that your primary purpose is to debunk  popular and "serious" misconceptions about the Greek economy - particularly on wage rates, productivity levels and the "bloated" public sector.

  4.  Draw your international audience in by pointing out that Greece does not compare all that badly with quite a few other EU states, and thus they could be next for the misinformation and shock doctrine tactics.  Stress solidarity with Greece is therefore in their own interest.

  5. E-mail submission to every editor of every paper you can find an online address for - a scatter-gun approach.  You might find a few takers from editors looking for an alternative take on Greece or the Euro/ Sovereign debt crisis generally, but it is impossible to predict who and where and I suspect you might have as much luck with traditionally conservative/nationalist media as with left-wing liberal.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 25th, 2010 at 08:24:06 AM EST
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All good points.

Use a serious mailadress, firstname.lastname@some free email service (for example gmail) works. And if you have a fancy title, now is the time to use it.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue May 25th, 2010 at 02:02:56 PM EST
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