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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.

brrr

'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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