For a small duck it packs one hell of a peck.
PARIS (AP) One-time French presidential front-runner Francois Fillon is slowly finding his dream of winning the Elysee Palace under water.
And it’s because of the revelations of one old-school, eight-page satirical newspaper with ink that comes off on your hands: “Le Canard Enchaine,” or “The Chained Duck.”
The dirt-digging weekly’s claims that Fillon’s political clout helped secure handsomely paid jobs for his wife, Penelope, and two of their children are the just the latest scoops from the 102-year-old newspaper which is showing that traditional gumshoe reporting and the ink-and-paper format still have value in the increasingly online world.
“‘Canard’ or ‘duck’ was taken from French slang for ‘newspaper.'”
With its old-school typography, puns on every page and thick, rough paper, “Le Canard” may seem like an unlikely source of hard-nosed political journalism.
But the controversy has seriously hurt the conservative Fillon and has upended the race for France’s spring presidential election. It has pecked away at his popularity as his critics cry foul. Fillon, who was France’s prime minister from 2007 to 2012, has denied any wrongdoing.
The paper first published the allegations against Fillon on Jan. 25 and then came out with a second report containing further accusations on Wednesday. Copies of the latest edition were hard to come by in Paris.
Financial prosecutors are investigating whether Penelope Fillon actually worked, as he claims, as her husband’s parliamentary aide or whether her job was fake, which would be an illegal use of public funds.
“Le Canard Enchaine,” available in kiosques and proudly not online, is a modern anachronism that flies in the face of claims that old-school newspapers are relics of the past.
The weekly, costing 1.20 euros ($1.29), continues to be an influential player in the French media landscape, and a go-to for whistle-blowers — despite dwindling newspaper sales across the world. The paper, which has no advertisements, is mainly financed through newsstand sales and subscriptions.
Editor Louis-Marie Horeau recently revealed his paper’s winning journalistic methods for exposing the so-called Penelope-gate scandal. Read the rest of this entry »
Why is Amazon is so successful? This anchor has an interesting theory, though his co-host clearly does not appreciate his personal insight. Similarly, a host makes a comment about eating burritos outdoors that her co-host finds so distasteful, he can’t contain his impatience to move on to the next segment.
Mashable (and everyone else on earth at the same time) reporting:
A massive leak of what appears to be celebrities in compromising positions has seen the Internet go into overdrive.
On Sunday evening, a hacker posted photographs to 4Chan purporting to show dozens of stars naked or partially exposed. The images spread quickly across Twitter and other social media platforms.
The ‘master list’ released by the hacker includes some of the biggest names in the world such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Selena Gomez, Rihanna and many more. Read the rest of this entry »
By Andrew Malcolm
Our 152,000 combined followers on Twitter (click here for that) and on Facebook (then click here to subscribe to that) know that on weekday afternoons we regularly share a selection of that evening’s late-night jokes before broadcast.
Usually, we publish a collection of these jokes at the start of each week.
Letterman: So, Anthony Weiner has apologized for this new scandal. He also apologized for the next one. And the next one after that.
Fallon: British Royal Birth: Kate Middleton’s baby weighs about eight pounds. Americans asked, ‘How much is that in dollars?’
Conan: At their press conference, Anthony Weiner’s wife said she will stand by her husband. Especially when he goes on the computer.
Leno: In a GQ interview, VP Joe Biden says he can die a happy man never having been president. You know what? So can we!
Conan: The other day at LAX, Kanye West punched a photographer. Apparently, Kanye got mad at the guy for not taking his picture.
Conan: The TSA says passengers can soon pass through security without taking their shoes off if they pay an extra $85. That explains the TSA’s new motto, “We catch terrorists who don’t have an extra $85 on them.”
Conan: Anyone here go to Comic-Con? I was going to go, but I was stopped by security for “Possession of a Wife and a Job.”
Conan: Britain’s says it will outlaw “extreme porn.” Of course, it Britain, “extreme porn” means the Queen waving without a glove.
Conan: A new study finds the happiest ages are 23 and 69. And the happiest person of all—a 69-year-old dating a 23-year-old.
Fallon: Eliot Spitzer is on the show tonight! He’ll only be here for about five minutes, but we’re charging him for the full hour.
By Ralph Peters
Forget skinny ties and retro hats: The surest way to attain super-cool status (and fame) today is to betray your country.
The impossibly self-important NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, who “exposed” two vital intelligence programs, isn’t a leftie Paul Revere. He’s Kim Kardashian with stubble.
He revealed very highly classified programs, alerting our enemies about our most sophisticated intelligence-collectioncapabilities (programs designed to keep us safe, not spy on us).He broke his oath to protect the information with which we entrusted him, lied about who we target and aided those who want to kill Americans.And he hintshe could do more damage.
It’s always been a hipster thing to trash government, but the left’s generations-long effort to destroy the positive image of patriotism has made betraying our country a fashion statement. Snowden is a copycat who “admires” Pfc. Bradley Manning, another now-famous young man who knew better than those who serve dutifully for decades. He’s also enamored of Julian Assange, the left’s favorite accused rapist.
There’s nothing brave about his brag that he was the source of the NSA leaks (especially since he fled the country first). This is clearly about the desire to be a star.
To get a sense of Snowden’s phenomenal vanity, check out the 12-minute film (all over the Internet) in which he justifies his deed. The high-school dropout may have a flair for tech, but he knows nothing about our history, trade relations, international affairs or even the conditions in Hong Kong (where he says he now fears assassination by CIA-backed Triad gangsters).
Claiming that he only wants to make government accountable, Snowden then brags that he could expose CIA stations around the world. He wants “asylum from any countries that believe in free speech.” So he went to China? Hope you enjoy your stay, Mr. Snowden.