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?