They Doth Protest Too Much
Friday, July 30, 2004
Earlier this month, a woman in France told the police she had been attacked on a train by a gang of immigrants who drew swastikas on her stomach and overturned her baby carriage. None of her fellow passengers, she reported, came to her rescue. The attack was immediately condemned by politicians and journalists alike. When it turned out to be a hoax, everyone backtracked. But not before a blow had been dealt to the credibility of French media. Thomas Marzahl reports from Paris.