Thursday, November 29, 2007

In Its News Reports, Le Monde Turns More and More to a Scornful Term for "American"

Ever since a reader noted that Le Monde is leaning more and more to the left, the daily has more and more articles that replace at least one occurrence of the word Américain with Etats-Unien (equivalent to United-Statese(r) or United-Statish(er) instead of (the noun and adjective) American).

Although its proponents protest with feigned innocence that the term is "only" supposed to be more precise, I point out on Le Monde Watch that the term is invariably used with smugness, arrogance, and/or scorn.

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