Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"Mort médiatique?" Lagarde and the Presumption of Innocence

So, the Americans don't respect the presumption of innocence? "Death by media" is the rule among those barbaric Puritans. So they say. But the French media are doing their best to remind the IMF that Christine Lagarde, who has not been convicted of anything, has nevertheless been accused:

Si elles venaient à s’accorder sur le nom de Christine Lagarde, les chancelleries européennes enverraient donc à Washington pour l’élection de miss/mister Fmi une candidate dont le sort judiciaire est incertain. Même présumée innocente, elle demeurera sous le coup d’une condamnation. Pas sur que dans ces conditions, les jurés apprécient sa candidature à la seule aune de ses compétences. 
And well they should. Indeed, I'm spreading this information myself--not, I hope, in a spirit of "acharnement" against the minister, because I don't know all the facts, but with a sense of responsibility that the questions about her judgment ought to be weighed by the IMF before any decision is made.

1 comment:

meshplate said...

Art, the link doesn't work to the Marianne piece.