2005 November 15 Tuesday
French Media Censor Muslim Rioting

A French TV news executive admits that he doesn't trust his viewers with the truth.

A television news executive admitted last week to censoring coverage of the riots for fear of encouraging politicians such as Mr. Le Pen.

Jean-Claude Dassier, the head of the television news service LCI, told a conference in Amsterdam:

"Politics in France is heading to the right, and I don't want right-wing politicians back in second or even first place because we showed burning cars."

He fears electoral victory for Jean-Marie Le Pen and his fellow immigration restrictionists.

A Frenchman tells me the French press and internet are being censored (and he was writing on Nov. 10, 2005 so his "last night" was Nov. 9):

Since last night, some anti-islamist websites (as France-Echos, politically far right, that I've already cited here) are unavailable from France (except via the use of proxies).

I'm not in France and have access to France Echos: I noticed there that the forum is still active (posting from foreigners in majority) and that one of the responsible of the website (Francis Percy Blake) carefully avoid to answer to questions about this censorship.

I've requested a friend in France to check for me some websites, and could notice that France-Echos is not the only one censored, but that the most known islamist forum is NOT censored.

National media have announced that violence has greatly decreased this night ("only" 482 cars burned instead of 610). However, in Nice Matin (the newspaper of the French Riviera) they indicate discretly (not on the front page) that the number of cars burned in the department has increased (30 cars) despite the curfew.

I understand that the strategy is to try to limit the competition between cités which is indeed a part of the problem.

Tomorrow, November 11th, is holyday: it's the anniversary of the end of WWI (nov 11, 1918). An islamist group is calling for a huge demonstration on the Champs Elysées (Paris), on Yahoo! News French I could read an article about it, calling it a "call for peace", but this demonstration has, AFAIK, not yet been allowed. Reminder: Islamists were first beginning to prepare an independant demonstration for saturday afternoon, but after that have decided to rally the demonstration of friday whose original aim was "for Palestine and in memory of Yasser Arafat". The Parisian Police has forbidden the detail sale of oil.

The analysis of what appears on AFP shows that the official culprit of these riots are "racism" (of course: only the racism of whites) and "discrimination". Sarkozy has requested that foreigners condemned would be forbidden to stay in France, but the left is against, and SOS Racisme (a socialist association) has intended a complaint at the Conseil d'Etat for illegality.

And a proof of the censorship in a newspaper as important as Liberation (the 2nd after Le Monde) has been found: http://www.acmedias.org/B473.asp

Again, from a Frenchman on the manipulation of the public by the press:

In short: last wednesday, some "youths" had attacked a bus, spread petrol in it, and put it on fire. A disabled woman was in the bus, unable to leave the bus alone, and she tells that the youths spread petrol directly on her. Fortunately, the bus driver came back to help her, and she is just severely burned, alive.

At first, the media tried to avoid this affair: it would give a "bad image" of the rioters, and they want to "appease the tensions". However, on friday evenning, France 3 (a part of the national TV group France Television) diffused a interview of 2 daughters of this woman (according to the newspaper "Le Figaro", she has 3 daughters). These two girls are, as their mother, whites, Europeans, and one looks like a lot her mother.

A few hours after, TF1 (private TV) and France 2 (another of the group) diffused their interview of the daughter of this woman: an arabic islamist girl...

Sure, it is possible that this woman has really 3 daughters, and that one of these is Arabic and Islamist: I do not know. But it is very surprising: in such situations, France 2 should use the France 3 images, because of synergy in the group, the competition is against TF1.

So, even if it is all regular, that this woman has 3 daughters, one being an arabic islamist, that France 2 with 24 hours late decided to find the daughter of this woman, and film her, even if there is nothing behind, that it's just genuine journalism, it fits so much with the current propaganda that Islam has nothing to do with riots that it is surprising. An extraordinary luck, I would say.

You can't trust the press.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2005 November 15 07:37 AM  Immigration Culture Clash

John S Bolton said at November 15, 2005 9:45 AM:

French media show heavy handed state regulation, with political tendentiousness. I saw a news video of the 2004 July 14 th parade in Paris. Joseph Goebbels was a genius of subtlety and indirection compared to what was done there. The camera scanned over literally thousands of white attendees along the boulevard, in order to stop, for an extended closeup of the one black woman that they could find celebrating on the sidewalk. This method was so vulgar, so hamhanded in its blatant racial propaganda making, that it was unforgettable. It actually made you feel the search, scanning the thousands upon thousands for a considerable length along the boulevard, up and down, and rapidly along. Then, after one has been made to feel seasick from the desperate scanning, dead stop, we found the black woman! All of this, in a frenzied, grossly botched attempt to make propaganda for the notion that all races feel the same about France, all are equally likely to be patriotic. Actually they succeeded only in proving how difficult it is to find what they were looking for, and they didn't care about truth enough to even attempt to disguise what they were doing.

Derek Copold said at November 15, 2005 12:26 PM:

I'd like to think the cameraman was making his own un-PC point through calculated incompetence, but I doubt it's so.

Big Bill said at November 15, 2005 9:03 PM:

How about Jules Streicher, publisher of "Der Sturmer", the guy with the heavy handed cartoons and over the top editorials? Goebbels was positively refined compared to Streicher.

Invisible Scienstist said at November 15, 2005 11:01 PM:

You have misspelled the first name of Streicher. It is not Jules but Julius.

Ned said at November 16, 2005 5:37 AM:

If you want to be picky, it's "Der Stuermer." Sorry, but I can't get the umlaut to work here. Streicher, a virulent anti-Semite and Nazi propagandist, was hanged st Nuremberg in 1946. But his spirit lives on in some of the publications of the German trade unions. http://medienkritik.typepad.com/blog/2005/05/germanys_larges.html. Also on this site, Der Spiegel, Germany's largest national newsmagazine, refers to Europe's "peaceful revolutionaries" as heirs to Mahatma Ghandi and Che Guevara (!). Wonder if they're referring to the "peaceful demonstrations" in France recently? And here's a nice quote from peaceful Che:

"Hatred is an element of struggle; relentless hatred of the enemy that impels us over and beyond the natural limitations of man and transforms us into effective, violent, selective, and cold killing machines. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy."

To Americans, it may seem astounding that the European media routinely get away with this type of blatant deception and no one ever calls them on it, but it's true.

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Ned said at November 16, 2005 5:33 PM:

Danke und viel Glück!

Invisible Scientist said at November 16, 2005 6:17 PM:

Probably one reason the official French system is so adamantly opposed to racial and ethnic statistics, where all prestigious college admissions are based on anonymous written exams, is because many groups of French citizens themselves are often inclined to discriminate against each other. In any case, Americans are much more tolerant and less chauvinistic. But once out of school, many of these people with non-French characteristics, get discriminated against (American tourists included.)

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