Thursday, October 19, 2006

The new Dreyfuss trial

And Dreyfuss is hung. Pajamas Media turns to the ending page of the Mohammed Al Dura Trial. And there's a surprise twist.

"Contrary to predictions by Pajamas Medias’ Nidra Poller and others, Philippe Karsenty, founder of Media Ratings, has been found liable and fined for “insulting” Charles Enderlin and France2 in the matter of the controversial Mohammed Al Dura video. This video, produced by Enderlin and promulgated by France 2, has been deemed a fake and called the Father of All Fauxtography. This was barely disputed at the trial and yet Karsenty was still found liable for saying so. Historian Richard Landes, who has been following this case for some time, has more."


Nidra Poller says,

“We were naïve. We are naïve. It was such a beautiful trial but how did we dream that the court would rule in favor of Philippe Karsenty and against state-owned France 2? The verdict was announced succintly, the judge was cold and impersonal. Karsenty is convicted of defamation and ordered to pay a penalty of 1000 euros; symbolic damages of 1 euro to each plaintiff, Charles Enderlin and France 2; and 3000 euros in court costs. Karsenty will appeal. As soon as I get a copy of the judgment I will explain the arguments on which this conviction was based. A video report is on its way.”

If you look back at Poller's report, the giveaway moment was when she noticed that France 2's lawyer didn't even seem to be making an effort to defend his client. That France 2 was letting Karsenty's lawyers call all the damning testimony, apparently without concern. That was interpreted by Poller as indicating France 2 didn't have a legal leg to stand on. She was right, course. But to more suspicious minds it suggested something else. The Fix was In. But look at the bright side. The mask has fallen from the face of France's media establishment. But have the scales fallen from our eyes?

7 Comments:

Blogger Sissy Willis said...

France is doomed.

10/19/2006 03:06:00 PM  
Blogger talnik said...

Hanged. If he was "hung", we'd be discussing something entirely different.

10/19/2006 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger Yashmak said...

Oh France, how low you have sunk. How much lower can you sink?

10/19/2006 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

a time will be when the finest in french wines will cease, their vineyards now barren, their fine smoked pork sausages a dim memory, this time will approach when all the art in Paris showing human form has been destroyed..

ah...like tomorrow!

dear mr france,

enjoy dhimmiland

10/19/2006 06:25:00 PM  
Blogger Robert Schwartz said...

How could I, of all people, be surprised. I have always believed that the French were vile creatures. They have never dissapointed me.

Truth of the matter is that France is anti-Semitic. Always was, always will be. Jews who live in France should flee, ASAP.

All friends of Israel should boycott the French. Don’t travel there. Don’t drink their wine. California Cabernet is better than Bordeaux. Try wines from Australia, New Zealand and Chile, they are just as good and usually less expensive.

10/19/2006 07:33:00 PM  
Blogger Kirk Parker said...

Sissy,

Correction: France is damned.

10/19/2006 08:03:00 PM  
Blogger putnam said...

I don't think this is quite as sinister as you all imply. It is simply the way the european legal systems seem to work, you will never win in a case against the state. It permeates many facets of life, and leads to the cynicism of old europe. It is pointless to fight against the state in matters like this.

The benefit for the europeans is that there is not nearly as much legal strife and far lower costs. OTH the cost is that everyone is resigned that the system stinks, and there little that you can do to change it, so everyone cheats.

10/20/2006 03:53:00 PM  

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