Sunday, May 7, 2017

NY Times Sunday Funnies

From the New York Times online:

PARIS — Emmanuel Macron, a youthful former investment banker with little political experience, was well ahead in France’s presidential election on Sunday…

If he wins, Mr. Macron, 39, will become the youngest president in the 59-year history of France’s Fifth Republic, after leading an improbable campaign that amounted to a stinging rebuke of the country’s long-dominant political establishment.

Emphasis added, in case you missed the funny part.

Look, I understand the “Anyone but Le Pen” issue.  But Macron is a “stinging rebuke”?  Not to many in the French political establishment – most of them backed Macron.  Not to many outside of the French political establishment either. 

Let’s check some of the reaction:

Investors across the globe got what they expected — and what many of them hoped for — after centrist Emmanuel Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second round of the French election.

"Despite the low turnout, Macron's victory is an unambiguous win for the French center, for Europe, and consequently for global markets," said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial…

No stinging rebuke here.

What about here?

US senator Bernie Sanders and former president Bill Clinton are the latest big names to congratulate President-Elect Macron.

Or here?

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission congratulated Mr Macron, acknowledging a "difficult" campaign in which "diametrically opposed" views of the future had clashed.

"For my part, I rejoice in the idea for a strong and progressive Europe that you have defended," Mr Juncker wrote, adding that he looked forward to Mr Macron carrying this forward into the debate on the future of Europe during his presidency.

Donald Tusk, another senior EU chief, praised Mr Macron for beating "fake news."


Some stinging rebuke.  Very funny, NY Times.