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Why that is so should be a question for the European media review you suggest, and that I think would be a good idea.

I am really hoping that some people would be interested in doing this. I think it might be a nice opportunity to test the collaborative powers of ET. Clearly a lot is going to be written about the French presidential election. Is there a way to create something like a 'debate', but with the 'story' part editable by everyone? A place to gather links to diaries, but also write some synthesis of the whole story as it unfolds? We could go with a wiki page, but I think a comment thread would be useful as well.
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 01:26:51 PM EST
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A collaborative editing tool like that is lacking for the moment. Other than the Wiki.

But we could begin with separate diaries from different contributors, and reach agreement in the threads on what to add and what to place in a "final" or "summary" document, which one person could then be the final editor of..?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 04:01:04 PM EST
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I've added an update to the Far, Far Away diary to discuss some very interesting articles today in Le Monde.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 04:33:30 PM EST
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Most important is a pretty precise and damning piece of writing by Raphaëlle Bacqué about how Sarko has "embedded" himself with the media over the last 25 years, particularly by his friendship with big media bosses. This is such an important article it calls for separate treatment in a piece on the media (as suggested by someone).

That article is huge.

Thanks for pointing it out.

Have there been any other diaries about the role of cozy connections with big media in the rise of authoritarian leaders in democratic countries?  (I recall a lot of discussion about Putin and the media, and of course there is Fran's Murdoch alert.  Fox News is too obvious, but I don't recall any diaries on Bush's connections -- direct or indirect -- to the media.)

So perhaps there's some sense of shame at Le Monde? Some wish to fight, on the part of some of the journalists?

Even if the journalists wish to fight, isn't it the editors who ultimately make the decisions on what gets published?

Bush is too stupid to be able to ACT that stupid.

by marco on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 06:59:14 PM EST
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you missed berlusconi, who is their guru, when it comes to massaging the public through his own media.

to watch how his message was spattered 24/7 pre-election last year was an object lesson in orwellianism, up close.

goebbels on steroids

he almost pulled it off, too.


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Feb 20th, 2007 at 07:02:20 AM EST
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Interesting.  Are Sarkozy's media connections really becoming une affaire in France now?

L'amitié Bouygues-Sarkozy "ne joue en rien sur l'information", se défend TF1

Bush is too stupid to be able to ACT that stupid.

by marco on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 07:53:03 PM EST
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Not mainstream. But all those articles (three I quote, and this one you quote) in one day in Le Monde, are a departure from the usual blanket silence. These are journalists who are actually speaking out. Bacqué's article will not please Sarko.

Neither will this snippet from Philippe Ridet, the embed who can't shake off Sarko's familiarity:

Cette réputation de professionnel des médias, il y tient. Il porte ses scores d'audience comme des médailles et le chiffre des ventes des journaux dont il a fait la "une" lui sont une réassurance permanente sur ses capacités de séduction. Confondant volontiers les Français avec l'Audimat, il s'est fabriqué un statut, inédit chez les politiques, de "producteur-animateur". D'abord, il crée l'actualité, ensuite, il la commente.

This media pro reputation matters to [Sarko]. He wears his TV ratings like medals, and the sales of newspapers he was on the front page of are for him permanent reassurance on his powers of seduction. Willingly confounding the French with the Audimat (TV audience measurement system), he has built himself a previously unknown status among politicians, of "producer-presenter". First, he makes the news, then he comments on it.

The range and quality of these articles seems new to me. What it means in terms of editorial policy at Le Monde I have no idea for the moment.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Feb 20th, 2007 at 03:12:08 AM EST
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