More Left-Wing Violence against a Republican Politician

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

It’s not just in America; France also features left-wing violence that is soft-pedaled by the media.

From the AFP headline, you would never guess that this is a simple story of left-wing violence: “Top French right-winger left unconscious after campaign clash.” The “right-winger” was Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (popularly known as NKM). A man insulted her and then tried to grab her campaign leaflets and throw them in her face. It sounds like he knocked her down, though the story claims she “lost balance.”

After falling, she blacked out for several minutes possibly after hitting her head, before being revived by emergency services.

Her aggressor, a middle-aged man in a shirt and chinos, left the scene immediately.

NKM, 44, is campaigning ahead of the second round of France’s parliamentary election this Sunday.

The story only slips from its unrealistic neutrality by referring to that man as an “aggressor.” The headline and everything else in the story treats what happened as if it was no one’s fault, or perhaps the fault of both equally.

It the political loyalties of the persons involved were reversed, would the media have merely reported that a left-wing politician “lost balance” when a conservative tried to throw leaflets in his or her face?

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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