It still isn't clear if Eric Zemmour has been dismissed or not. As I said in my previous post, the journal l'Express claims he was already told several weeks ago that he would not be returning to his morning editorial on RTL. Therefore, the dismissal (if true) had nothing to do directly with his remarks on Wednesday about Christiane Taubira. Here is a short synopsis from Le Salon Beige of a longer article:
RTL denies having ruled on whether or not to keep Eric Zemmour on the air. "No decision has been made", says the management of the station. "The program schedule is in the process of being revised. There will be changes as there are every year, but Eric Zemmour will finish the season as scheduled."
Zemmour's lawyer has announced he will sue l'Express for "spreading malevolent rumors":
Olivier Pardo (Zemmour's lawyer) feels that the article in l'Express is part of a campaign to "put pressure on RTL to fire my client."
Le Salon Beige then links to an article about pressures to keep Eric Zemmour at RTL. The article in question is by Myriam Picard, a young Catholic woman who often writes at Riposte Laïque. Her long impassioned essay includes a link to a petition demanding that RTL keep Zemmour on the air every morning or else his listeners will turn to a rival station.
The gist of Myriam Picard's article is that this may be just the beginning of a purge:
Re-read Solzhenitsyn and Vladimir Bukovsky. Read them carefully. They tell a story that resembles our own terribly. It begins with some columns of official thought in the papers. Then it moves on to the firing of journalists and dissident intellectuals, for saying "yes" too softly, or "no" when it is forbidden. Then it unfolds mathematically. Pravda sets an example, gatherings are forbidden ("for fear of disorder": always the same excuse), and as our humorist Coluche said, you can no longer spit in public, it is forbidden to hold political rallies in the street.
They carefully conceal the realities that lead to murders. Yesterday, the Russians to their disgust discovered, in the press, that they were not dying of hunger, and that the voices who dared claim that the walls of the USSR were wet with the sweat of misery were monsters in the employ of Western imperialism. Today, we must not say that immigration poses serious economic, social and cultural problems, and that the guilty are not necessarily ethnic Frenchmen; or that there is a crime wave among the young immigrant population. We must say the opposite. We must repeat it. Endlessly. At the end of this operation the whole world will know that immigration is an opportunity for France, that the young delinquents and criminals are nothing but poor kids conditioned by their social environment. At the end of this operation, these poor kids, with the help and support of a crowd of journalists, politicians and judges, will kill, steal, harass, and offend without anyone blinking an eye. It's no big deal. It's only France that is dying. (…)
Note: Regarding Vladimir Bukovsky mentioned above, here is one short quote from his Wikipedia page (linked above):
“ Having failed to finish off conclusively the communist system, we are now in danger of integrating the resulting monster into our world. It may not be called communism anymore, but it retained many of its dangerous characteristics... Until the Nuremberg-style tribunal passes its judgement on all the crimes committed by communism, it is not dead and the war is not over."
Marine Le Pen has come out for Eric Zemmour. At Nations Presse she makes the following declaration:
If the information is confirmed, the dismissal of Eric Zemmour from RTL radio constitutes a serious attack on pluralism of opinions in the media.
Along with a few others, Eric Zemmour stands out in an environment that is monolithic in terms of speech and ideas, and disconnected from the aspirations of our compatriots.
Through his positions, he represents almost a type of dissidence with regard to the self-proclaimed elite of the French radio-television landscape, and the editorialists who march in step with conventional bien-pensance. For this reason, he often resonates with the French people.
His presence is therefore indispensable to a rich and varied public debate.
As for the man himself, Eric Zemmour in his latest video explains that his remarks about Christiane Taubira were directed at her policies not at her personally. He says he does not attack persons, only their ideas. And that this is always the case. For example, criticizing a black man's policies is not to be taken as a criticism of blacks, any more than a criticism of a white man's policies is to be taken as a criticism of whites.
However, in the video he did not answer the big question - will he be with RTL in September or not? Will he have his regular morning show or be relegated to a weekend time slot?
Labels: Eric Zemmour, Intellectual Terrorism, Media, Russia