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The "New York Times" Looks at France

Edward C. Knox
The French Review
Vol. 75, No. 6, The Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Issue (May, 2002), pp. 1172-1180
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3132941
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Abstract

Tendentious article titles, unflattering references to an unchanging France, and an unbalanced selection of letters to the editor combine with aspects of style (puns, the use of French, a polysemous "Gallic") to form a rhetoric by which the "Times" keeps France in its place, even as it acknowledges France's successes in the international business arena. Form thus subtends a set of standard themes about France (arrogance, snobbishness, petulance, inconsistency, contrarian behavior, etc.) to filter and color information, creating and maintaining a reductive and condescending picture of France and the French, even in the "nation's best newspaper."

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