Sunday, October 31, 2004

Election Special: Re-post of "The Legend" with Images

I suspect that most visitors to this site have already read "The Legend of the Squandered Sympathy", the article with which Trans-Int was launched. Unless they are Paris residents, however, they are far less likely to be familiar with the cartoons by Plantu and Serguei that are central to my reconstruction of the tone being set in Le Monde just before and immediately after 9/11. So, I am re-posting "The Legend" now with pictures of the cartoons embedded in the text. In order not to be mistaken about their allies, Americans should know the image of their country that was being conveyed by the the would be French paper of record in the Summer and Fall of 2001 - all the more so since, as I show in text, it was an article by Le Monde's publisher that, with the help of the New York Times, largely gave rise to the legend of the squandered sympathy. In Parisian libraries, Plantu's work can be found in the section labeled "Humor". So, I guess I should say "have fun".... And be sure to pass on the link to any friends or acquaintances you may have who still believe in the myth.

If you have not already seen it, also have a look at "The NYTimes Protects Its Myth", a follow-up to "The Legend of the Squandered Sympathy" including some revealing visuals.