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Al-Dura and French Journalism

One of the best pieces I’ve ever read on the al-Dura controversy appears in the latest issue of the Weekly Standard. It is by Anne-Elisabeth Moutet and is subtitled, quite perfectly, “Being a French journalist means never having to say you’re sorry.” Moutet tells a story of grotesque corruption and arrogance among French journalists, who simply refuse to countenance any questioning of their conduct or ethics. And who have mindlessly circled the wagons around Charles Enderlin, France2 television’s long-serving Israel correspondent, despite — no, actually, because — he has been exposed as a liar and propagandist.

The piece is appropriately titled “L’Affaire Enderlin,” and one suspects that the allusion to the Dreyfuss Affair is intentional; it certainly is appropriate. Read it all here.



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