Monday, May 16, 2011

The New Yorker Goes Tabloid

Philip Gourevitch of The New Yorker rounds up the gossip from the Café de Commerce and publishes it as journalism. On a dit is not usually the style of The New Yorker, nor is the tone of this article usually the magazine's tone. PG evidently does not like DSK. Or is it France? (h/t Kirk)

And here is an equally disappointing example of French "journalism," essentially assembling every far-fetched conspiracy theory into a "defense."

6 comments:

meshplate said...

Your link is off Art!

meshplate said...

Well said Gourevitch: Listening to the political classes attempting to come to terms with the destruction of Dominique Strauss-Kahn today, I heard hardly a thought for his accuser. It seemed a good measure of the depth of France’s political malaise that it took a Le Pen to show solidarity with the working woman against the Socialist Party’s favorite son.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

"... it took a Le Pen to show solidarity with the working woman against the Socialist Party’s favorite son."

Did she? To me it sounded like she tried to destroy a political rival by treating him as guilty regardless of any investigation.

~ Squiggle

Robert said...

Art, I'm not sure why you dismiss Gourevitch's piece as a collection of "on dit que." He mostly quotes and links back to politicians and journalists by name; and when he doesn't, he takes care to attribute information to "writers, journalists and intellectuals" rather than just "sources." Maybe he really doesn't like France, as you suspect, but from a journalistic standpoint, the guy seems to have done his homework.

Anonymous said...

BHL a encore frappé - la présomption d'innocence de DSK devient déni de culpabilité et présomption de mensonge
http://www.bernard-henri-levy.com/defense-de-dominique-strauss-kahn-18909.html