Controversy? No Controversy...
Several French-language websites have sought to highlight the affair and to keep the pressure on France2: among them acmedias, media-ratings, and, of course, the website of the Metula News Agency (MENA), which has been the organization most responsible for exposing the inconsistencies in the Mohammed Al-Dura story. But the efforts of these sites has had virtually no echo in the major media - other, that is, than occasional efforts to demean and disqualify the sites' authors. Indeed, if one is to judge by the results of searches conducted with the usual tools (google, technorati), even the French blogosphere has remained remarkably silent on the Al-Dura/France2 affair.
One of the phantasms about America which has been most carefully cultivated in the mainstream French media in recent years suggests that the American media is characterized - apart from a few heroic upstart organizations like the NYTimes - by a suffocating uniformity of opinion and that consequently American political culture suffers from a lack of debate. The recent bouts pitting the blogosphere against the MSM in the US have exposed, even for the French public, the untenability of this myth and hence its contours are bound now to change -which is not to say it will be abandoned. In any case, the Al-Dura/France2 affair demonstrates that the shoe is decidedly on the other foot.
(Note: I would be grateful for comments or e-mails to jrgencer-AT-yahoo.com, in case there has been some uptake of the Al-Dura/France2 affair in major French media that I have missed.)