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 and 10.22 pm Paris time.
Rumours persist about a supposed bug that rendered private messages public on Facebook. We take a look at a scandal that has cost Facebook a lot, both in terms of market value and reputation. Also, Air France could cancel its hefty order of newspapers for its fleet; Mitt Romney's flight-related gaffe and a Canadian romantic heads to Ireland to hunt down the girl he spoke to for just a few minutes a year ago.
He might want to throw out the entire political system, but internet users ironically want him to be Prime Minister! We take a look at the lively debate sparked by a BBC interview with Russell Brand. It has had almost 8 million views on YouTube. Brand calls for a cultural and spiritual revolution.
Former French presidential candidate Ségolène Royal does an ill-advised photo shoot posing as Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People". Also, French cinema legends are increasingly using Paris Match magazine to seek love. But we start with reaction to the unrest in Tunisia as seen on social media.
How to respond to the NSA spying revelations? Paris has taken a tough stance, verbally but without any actions so far. However, at the European level, accords on the transfer of banking data between the EU and the US may be reviewed and fines legislated for in the case of private companies facilitating espionage.
Should anyone really be surprised? We take a look at official reaction to Le Monde's revelations that the NSA spies on France, this as John Kerry visits Paris. Elsewhere, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner strikes a more realistic note, saying everyone spies on everyone... These reactions and more on this ongoing story in tonight's MediaWatch.
We take a look at François Hollande's attempt this past weekend to resolve the controversy over the deportation of a Roma schoolgirl, Leonarda. Both the right- and left-wing press are dissatisfied with the president's response. However for Interior Minister Manuel Valls, the media is itself to blame for the controversy by giving the teenage girl so much airtime. Elsewhere: a controversial YouTube video of a French radio DJ using his charm on the ladies, and a Twitter "Fail" by Herman Van Rompuy.