Thursday, May 22, 2008

French Fiction

I have nothing against the French, well mainly I don't. If they'd just stick to exporting cheese, and quit fabricating news stories. That whole Al-Dura hoax leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Good news though, the courts agreed that Philippe Karsenty defamed nobody when he claimed the Al-Dura story was staged by France 2:

The al-Dura lie is an assault on our ability to think, to criticize, to evaluate, and finally to reject information — especially the right to reject information on which we base our most cherished assumptions. One of Europe’s most cherished assumptions is that Israel is a vicious Nazi-like entity that deliberately murders Palestinian Arab children. Moreover, polls conducted in Europe have identified Israel as the greatest threat to world peace, greater than Iran and North Korea, Pakistan and Syria. The al-Dura hoax is one of the pillars on which these assumptions rely.

It is ironic that I, a private individual, had to lecture one of France’s most influential TV stations in order to demonstrate that a child cannot move; lift his head, arm, and leg; stare at the camera; and still be considered “dead” a good 10 seconds after the newscaster tells us “the child is dead.” One need only look at France 2’s own footage to realize that the “death” scene was faked.

Good. maybe there's hope for them yet.
Thanks to OMMAG