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Pauvre Caroline Kennedy : Delanoë l'attaque dans le New York Times.
[lundi 22 dcembre 2008]

Bertrand Delanoë écrivant, dans un point de vue publié dans le New York Times, pour dénoncer la candidature de Caroline Kennedy, la fille de John F. Kennedy, au poste de Sénatrice de l'État de New York pour succéder à Hillary Clinton, voilà déjà quelque chose de surprenant. À cela, il faut ajouter que le maire de Paris se montrait particulièrement critique vis à vis de cette candidature, en des termes tout à fait surprenants  (et ce d'autant plus qu'à notre connaissance M. Delanoë ne parle pas forcément très bien anglais).

La lettre naturellement était un faux. Le New York Times vient de le reconnaître en signalant l'erreur et en engageant toute une procédure interne pour corriger ce type d'erreur. Un canular en tout cas qui a sans doute amusé à New York le "Village".

Non Fiction publie ci-dessous l'original de la (fausse) lettre de Bertrand Delanoë, la réponse du New York Times, et le lien original vers l'article.

 

Letter
Kennedy, Seen From Paris

Published: December 22, 2008

Editors' Note Appended

 

To the Editor:

 

 

As mayor of Paris, I find Caroline Kennedy’s bid for the seat of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton both surprising and not very democratic, to say the least. What title has Ms. Kennedy to pretend to Hillary Clinton’s seat? We French can only see a dynastic move of the vanishing Kennedy clan in the very country of the Bill of Rights. It is both surprising and appalling.

With all the respect and admiration I have for Ms. Kennedy’s late father, I find her bid in very poor taste, and, after reading “Kennedy, Touring Upstate, Gets Less and Less Low-Key” (news article, Dec. 18), in my opinion she has no qualification whatsoever to bid for Senator Clinton’s seat.

We French have been consistently admiring of the American Constitution, but it seems that recently both Republicans and Democrats are drifting away from a truly democratic model. The Kennedy era is long gone, and I guess that New York has plenty of more qualified candidates to fill the shoes of Hillary Clinton. Can we speak of American decline?

Bertrand Delanoë
Paris, Dec.
18, 2008
 

Editors' Note: December 22, 2008


Earlier this morning, we posted a letter that carried the name of Bertrand Delanoë, the mayor of Paris, sharply criticizing Caroline Kennedy.

This letter was a fake. It should not have been published.
Doing so violated both our standards and our procedures in publishing signed letters from our readers.
We have already expressed our regrets to Mr. Delanoë's office and we are now doing the same to you, our readers.

This letter, like most Letters to the Editor these days, arrived by email. It is Times procedure to verify the authenticity of every letter. In this case, our staff sent an edited version of the letter to the sender of the email and did not hear back. At that point, we should have contacted Mr. Delanoë's office to verify that he had, in fact, written to us.

We did not do that. Without that verification, the letter should never have been printed.

We are reviewing our procedures for verifying letters to avoid such an incident in the future.

The New York Times

 

ORIGINAL DE l'ARTICLE DU NEW YORK TIMES

 

 

 

 

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