the Press (n.b. that there are press restrictions in this european country already)
PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron met with French journalists this week in what is an annual tradition by French presidents to extend a New Year’s greeting. Instead, Mr. Macron seized the occasion to lecture them.
You need a set of rules, he told the assembled press corps, some principles, an ethics code. And besides, you give too much weight to off-record quotes when it’s the official word that counts.
He set the tough tone to African students themselves, in a November address to those at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, who were demanding easier access to France.
“I can’t tell my middle classes who work, who pay taxes, that it’s great, we’re going to welcome everybody into the country,” Mr. Macron said. “That’s just ridiculous. Who’s going to pay for that? You’ll just fuel racism and xenophobia. That doesn’t exist, totally open frontiers, that just doesn’t work.”
Accordingly, forced expulsions of those denied asylum were up more than 13 percent last year, hovering around 15,000, compared with the previous year. The interior minister has asked prefects all over France to step up such expulsions .
“We can’t take in everybody,” Mr. Macron said in his New Year’s Eve speech. “There must be rules. It’s indispensable that we check the identities of everyone, and when someone arrives in our country who is not eligible for asylum and has no chance of getting French citizenship, we can’t accept that they stay for months, years, in an irregular situation good for neither them nor the country.”
Make France Great Again
“The 21st Century Will Not be American” was the title of a stinging essay last month by the pro-American novelist Pascal Bruckner in Le Monde, pointing up America’s retreat under President Trump and reaching the muted conclusion that it could well be France’s century instead.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/worl ... click&_r=0
on it goes. If this were Trump guess what?
Funny, as time goes on the reflexive bias in the press is becoming more apparent to me. What is striking is the doublethink of the Times.
Reflect on this for a moment: Doublethink means to hold two contradictory ideas simultaneously and believe both.
The Times, recently, wrote on both the absurdity of the level of rules promulgated by the Feds and on the beginning of return of capitol to the US given the new tax laws. There was not a hint of self consciousness in there approval of efforts to reduce the one and implement the other.