Paris — It’s the news network that claims to tell viewers what the “awakened” mainstream media doesn’t do. Even if the government’s broadcast regulators fine him for inciting racial hatred, he will fight because freedom of expression is at stake.
It’s CNews — this is by giving loudspeakers to the far-right politicians, opponents of the fight against climate change, and the attention-grabbing supporters of the unreliable idea of
The model is Fox News, which features conflicting Talking Heads and enthusiastic cultural topics. Owned by French billionaire Vincent Bolloré, former chairman of media group Vivendi, CNews has focused on hot button issues such as crime, immigration and Islamic status in France, which are expected to affect next year’s presidential elections. It will help to shape the national debate more and more.
This week, the extraordinary influence and controversial role of the network in France became even clearer. The most popular host has been discontinued because he is considered a presidential candidate.
In countries with very low confidence in the news media, CNews emerged especially during periods of dissatisfaction. This was the aftermath of the 2018 Yellow Vest movement, which prompted a lot, like Donald J. Trump’s election in the United States. A quest for the soul among journalists. Protests that were not well understood by traditional media have strengthened the impression of non-contact media, especially in Paris, and are sometimes violent between journalists and the street people they report on. It opened up a new era of conflict.
“People were tired and tired of being politically correct. In France, for the past 30 or 40 years, news has fallen into the hands of newspapers, television and daily newspapers, all saying the same thing. “CNews explains how his channel is positioned in a country with four entirely new networks.
Unlike its competitors, CNews focused on “analysis and debate” on the topic that Mr. Neger said was most important to the French, but was ignored by the media or was not well reported. ..
“We created this network by telling ourselves to talk about everything, including explosive topics,” he added.
Nedjar said he wasn’t familiar with Fox News when CNews was created and the comparison was shaken off. “It’s even more so if there’s the word’news’ and it works like Fox News,” he said, referring to the name of the network. “I heard that Fox News is working really well over there.”
But critics say the problem isn’t the choice of CNews topics, but the way CNews deals with them. They say that emphasis on opinion is often unsupported by most reports and fact-checking, spreading general prejudice and deepening the division of polarized societies.
“This is a way to accept the worst of public opinion. What I heard at a local bar, I can’t say anything anymore, I’m not allowed to talk about it,” said media historian Alexis Reverie. Stated. University of Reims.
During the Rentre week After summer vacation, CNews is the second largest city in France and in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to revitalize one of the most diverse cities, Marseille, after decades of immigration from Africa. I came up with the familiar formula that causes species and religious divisions.
At CNews, a hostess and her guest, including a spokesman for the Far Right National Union, repeatedly predicted the failure of the plan. Guests described Marseille as a lawless place of “exilave” that no longer feels like France because its inhabitants were people with a “non-European” background.
Pascal Praaud, one of CNews’ top hosts, made fun of Macron for sprinkling dime words such as “thaumaturge” and “palimpsest” in his speech at Marseille.
Nedjar said CNews prefers “ordinary people” and “unpretentious” personalities.
“They don’t think they’re Victor Hugo,” he added.
Eric Zemmour, the network’s top personality, has become a national figure and is subject to two judgments from government regulators. He does not hesitate to push forward with the white supremacist conspiracy theory of the supposed large-scale replacement of the established population by new arrivals from Africa. It has affected the killing of white supremacists from Texas to New Zealand and has been avoided even by far-right politicians such as Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Union.
“You have a population of French, white, Christian, Greek-Roman culture,” but it has been replaced by “a population of Maghreb, Africans, and mostly Muslims,”
In two rulings on past comments by Mr. Zemur, government broadcast regulators formally notified CNews and fined € 200,000 and about $ 236,000 for a speech inciting racial hatred in March. bottom. This is the first time a news network has faced such sanctions. Regulators, who have been tasked with ensuring the political balance of broadcasts since June, have failed to provide CNews with diverse views or have given the far-right National Rally an unreasonable amount of airtime. I warned you twice.
Neger said last week that Zemur was exercising freedom of expression and the network was challenging the ruling. But it was the flirtation of Mr. Zemur, who ran for president, that took action on the network on Monday. CNews announced that he would stop appearing on his regular shows after regulators ordered Mr Zemur’s broadcast time limit for him to be considered a political actor.
The origins of CNews began in 2015, when Bolloré dominated Canal Plus, a broadcast network that includes the struggling left-wing news channel i-Télé. Two years later, the channel was reborn as C News.
In 2018, the French-led Yellow Vest movement in the geographical and economic perimeter surprised media and political establishment. Journalists have become considered adversaries and have become the target of protesters, said Vincent Gillette, who oversees news on public radio France.
“In some parts of France today, listening to and watching the media doesn’t feel like being represented,” Gillet said.
At a recent press conference, Radio France said it emphasized factual, neutral and press-based journalism in order to avoid harming “democratic debates.”
“We thought about it and avoid presenting ourselves as anti-CNews,” he said.
However, according to media experts, CNews’ success has affected rivals, including Radio France, which has just begun its opinion segment at the French Interstation.
“Our direct competitors have spent their time saying they don’t do anything with CNews. They only do CNews,” Nedjar said.
During the summer, the power of CNews seemed to grow when billionaire owner Bolloré dominated Europe’s number one radio station. Some hosts at CNews are currently fulfilling their dual obligations in Europe 1.
Veteran journalist Patrick Cohen was one of many leaving Europe 1 and was afraid to become the radio version of C News.
“The reason these channels exist is not to pursue the truth, but to pursue the controversy,” Cohen said. “Their role is to create a department.”
But Cohen said he believes CNews’ politics and its impact on next year’s elections will be limited. It was now a prestigious news channel, but viewers’ share was lower than on traditional networks, he said.
Some say that, like Fox News 20 years ago, CNews filled the political void in the media industry and pushed French conservatives further to the right.
“This is partly due to Fox News and is in the process of completely changing French …