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 9.15 pm and 10.22 pm Paris time.
The French Parliament has approved gay marriage. A constitutional challenge is in the offing but, barring a huge surprise, the first gay weddings will take place in the summer. We look at one gay couple, married in a ceremony in 2004, who now have a chance to make their match legal. Meanwhile, in the anti-gay marriage camp, Prince Henri de France is up in arms - where is democracy going? he asks. Join us for Media Watch.
French House Speaker Claude Bartolone gets a gunpowder letter telling him to delay Tuesday's vote on same-sex marriage. Continued tension over the vote is also seen in a homophobic attack at the weekend - a couple of guys were beaten up as they were leaving a gay nightclub in Nice. The US publication Mother Jones, meanwhile, argues that there is a Sushi Gap: a willingness to eat raw fish correlates almost perfectly with approval of marriage equality.
The Waco blast adds to the ricin poison letters and Boston bombings. Some American media, reporting on a horrendous series of events, have noted a couple of anniversaries: the death of sect leader David Koresh in the Waco siege 20 years ago and Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City attack in 1995. Both events took place on a 19th of April.
There's confusion in the US media as reports circulate of an arrest in connection with the Boston bombing. The FBI quickly deny this and tell journalists to verify information before reporting! Margaret Thatcher’s funeral dominates social media in the UK, while the papers battle it out to condemn or congratulate those in charge of organising the former Prime Minister’s funeral. And in New Zealand, MPs pass legislation to allow same-sex marriage, and celebrate with a song.
As with every breaking news event, Twitter is now a central news-gathering resource and as per usual, its merits and demerits are discussed in the aftermath of the tragic bombings at the Boston marathon. Also, disgraced former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac gives his first TV interview since admitting he had a Swiss bank account... and his "shadow" becomes a talking point!