Baseball Crank
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April 23, 2007
POLITICS: Fair and Balanced

This NY Daily News report is, no doubt, a preview of our own 2008 press coverage:

French pick woman to face rightist in prez race

Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal advanced yesterday to a runoff vote that will pick a president unlike any France has seen before: a hard-edged reformer pledging a new start, or a woman promising a healing touch.

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Royal, 53, perfectly coiffed and dressed in a chic white suit, urged supporters last night to choose a path to a "new France" that cultivates "human values" and cares for the less fortunate.

"I refuse to cultivate fear," she said in a slap at Sarkozy, whose law-and-order image has made him a hated figure in Paris' troubled suburbs, rocked by riots that spread across France in the fall of 2005.

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Many are predicting violence anew if Sarkozy is elected. Some voters blamed a strong anti-Sarkozy vote for yesterday's unprecedented 84% voter turnout.

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But can a woman be elected president of chivalrous France, where Chirac still routinely greets women - even German Chancellor Angela Merkel - with a kiss on the hand?

"It doesn't bother me, but I don't the think the country is ready for it yet," said Frederic, 30, a white-aproned waiter who watched the results on TV at the Socialist Party office.

"Of course, yes, France is ready," countered Sarah Renzineb, 33, an unemployed Royal supporter from Paris. "Yes, yes, yes!"

But the press has no agenda. Just reporting the facts.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:32 AM | Politics 2007 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

awwww, that is just precious reporting! Im afraid the suckups to Hillary will be even more unctuous.

Posted by: Vince at April 24, 2007 9:20 AM

It is unbelievable to me that this is acceptable reporting. Not a single word in the article about either candidates QUALIFICATIONS or EXPERIENCE. They treat elections as if they are beauty pagents.

Posted by: Ron at April 24, 2007 12:47 PM

But, in New York, isn't there a tacit understanding that the Daily News is the left's tabloid and the New York Post is the right's? It's not like the Daily News is the New York Times or some other major paper that holds itself out as partial and fair.

Posted by: WD at April 24, 2007 6:27 PM
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