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Al Dura Trial: Is Enderlin the French Dan Rather?

Famed France 2 correspondent Charles Enderlin was embarrassed today in the Paris trial regarding the controversial Mohammed al Dura videotape shown on the French network. Roger L. Simon spoke with Richard Landes during and after today's hearing.

Roger L Simon


February 27, 2008 - 1:30 am

The appeal’s trial of Philippe Karsenty – the French media gadfly who accused France II of promulgating a fabricated video in the matter of the Palestinian boy Mohammed al Dura- is having its final arguments today in Paris (final judgment to come in a few weeks). This is an important trial because the al Dura tape was used to foment Intifada II and has been called the Mother of All Fauxtography.

The first trial went against Karsenty, but the appeal is looking better for him, according to Richard Landes, a Boston University history professor who has been covering the Al Dura affair. PJ Media reached Landes during a break in the trial.

Karsenty had just presented an “extensive” Power Point about how the tape was fabricated. The judge questioned Enderlin about this, but impatiently cut off the answers by the France II correspondent, which, Landes said, were the French equivalent of “humbug” or a more popular Anglo-Saxonism. Enderlin’s answer to why this supposedly exclusive video contained footage from another previously aired show was particularly evasive. Enderlin said “You have to understand the conditions.” What they were he didn’t say.

Roger L. Simon is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, novelist and blogger, and the co-founder of PJ Media. His book, Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming Out Conservative in Tinseltown, was re-released in an updated edition in 2011.
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