The Sounds of Silence

Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Has anyone else noticed how events in France have disappeared from the news? I Checked the BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Daily Telegraph, the London Times, Google news, Yahoo news; there are a few articles on the politics and the curfew, but nothing at all on actual events that are going on at this time. I didn't spend a lot of time searching, but you would think something would still be in the headlines somewhere. It is downright eerie. I know France3 was going to stop reporting on the riots to avoid encouraging copycat attacks, but successfully shutting down the world news is a remarkable feat. Like Yezhov, events in France have vanished from the picture.

Update: The news-o-sphere isn't entirely silent: this report has some details. Maybe it is time for the post-mortems to begin, perhaps we will finally begin to discover something substantive about root causes and consequences. I expect it will take many weeks for the muddied waters to clear.

8 comments:

John Sobieski said...

It's actually predictable. France clamps down on the news. The West MSM, already uncomfortable lieing about what is really going on is more than eager to drop it. And now....
the demands.

1) Much more jizya, and smile as you hand it over
2) Demand for their own territory, but all jizya, and more, must come

truepeers said...

I would say the quiet is partly a result of the fact that they can't quite accomodate this event to their worldview. But it also reflects the not unrelated fact that the MSM always need new product and will be quick to drop a story when a new one like Amman bombings comes along.

Peter UK said...

If the media have gone quiet then the situation is more dangerous than we thought.If it had simply been a case of deprivation the left media would have been all over it,we would be knee deep in anti-racism pundits,socialogists,the entire left elite proposing socialist measures to prevent riots in other countries,the UN would send an envoy,the EU would be using this as an opportunity to leverage some legislation or other.Where are all the journalists and politicians this is bread and meat to them?

Peter UK said...

The folks on the ground can talk the talk

David Thomson said...

“Has anyone else noticed how events in France have disappeared from the news?”

This really shouldn’t surprise anyone. The so-called moderate left wants to run away from reality. Their existential view of the world is in ruins. There were supposedly no Western Civilization values deemed worthy of imposing on the total population. “Forcing” people to assimilate was condemned. Multiculturalism was suppose to bring peace and understanding. George W. Bush and Tony Blair are the only real threats to world peace. Alas, it can be very difficult to face reality.

markg8 said...

I haven't noticed any news blackout. Heard in Imus this am that car burnings are down to 423 last night from 600 the night before and "over 1000" the night before that. I thought that over a 1000 was about 1400 so McCord may be minimizing it but I could be wrong.

The WaPo has headline titled "France's Youth Battles Also Waged on the Web" on page A18 with a link on the frontpage of their website.

Peter UK said...

France 3 the public broadcasting service has stopped reporting car burnings

Peter UK said...

French left leaning media, fiddle the facts as France burns