I came across an article today that reiterates that ignorant journalist have, at the least, not been getting Orthodoxy for almost 100 years. It is possible that this may even be the fountainhead of the fallacy of the Ecumenical Patri-pope.
Metaxakis Elected Greek Patriarch
….The position of Melitios in the ancient Church of the East will be similar to that of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Benedict XV has 250,000,000 spiritual subjects and Meletios has almost 200,000,000, of whom 125,000,000 are in Russia alone. … This morning at 10 o’clock the Most Rev. Alexander, Archbishop of the Aleutian Islands and North America for the Russian Church will formally call upon the Patriarch-elect and officially present the felicitations of the 100,000 Russians in the Western Hemisphere, who are his spiritual subjects.
The New York Times, December 10, 1921