MediaWatch is our take on the stories big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and on social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it’s evolving in today’s society. Presented by James Creedon, tune in at 8.45 pm Paris time for a look at the French media and 10.22 pm for the international media.
...and other juicy details of "Operation Transparency", or François Hollande's bid to win back public confidence after the Cahuzac tax evasion scandal. All his ministers had to reveal their assets in one fell swoop. Journalists across France were waiting on front of their computers pressing the "refresh" button, waiting for the government website to dish the details!
Another one bites the dust - it seems every week brings its resignation whether it be in the world of politics or religion. After the Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac's tax evasion scandal, now it's France's Chief Rabbi caught in a scandal over plagiarism. His resignation was announced today. Finally, a video of François Hollande as a student is not very flattering.
The disgraced former Budget Minister who was turfed out of the Government and the Socialist Party for tax evasion still hopes to hold onto his parliamentary seat. His reasoning, according to ‘Le Canard Enchaîné’? Well, he’s not the only liar! Hardly reassuring! Also, as politicians answer questions about their assets in a new spirit of transparency, we take a look at some unexpected answers.
A vicious assault on the streets of Paris has given a face to homophobia. Wilfred de Bruijn was badly beaten up last weekend simply for holding his boyfriend's arm, this in the midst of an increasingly radical and violent movement against gay marriage. He posted a photo of his swollen face on Facebook and within 24 hours it had spread like wildfire across the media. Could Wilfred's face provide the focus for a backlash?
Margaret Thatcher is dead and while some pay tribute to her economic legacy online, there is much celebration on the passing of the Iron Lady. We take a look at some tweets, songs and blogs that suggest many don't miss Maggie that much!