The New York Times today ran a story on the French reporters covering the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case from hotel rooms and street corners in New York City. It's a fitting follow up to the paper's City Room blog post from Friday in which John Eligon recalls getting pounced on for interviews by French journalists after he filed a video report. The French are fascinated by the way the Americans are covering the story and we, in turn, are fascinated by them.
That circle of covering the coverage comes, in part, from the sheer mass of media with headquarters or large bureaus already in New York. As the Times's international and business focus on the political and economic ramifications of the head of the International Monetary Fund getting arrested for a violent sexual crime, the city desk focuses on the crime itself. And nobody has to leave the city limits.
Meanwhile, the French journalists, many of whom rushed to New York within hours of the arrest and plan to stay several more weeks for this one story, are getting antsy. "After a while, you need angles," France-24 correspondent Emmanuel Saint-Martin told Eligon. And that's true in reverse, too. The story continues to fascinate even though the major news of Strauss-Kahn's stint at Rikers Island, the drama of his bail hearing, and the thwarted luxury apartment rental, has largely wound down. As Ben Schwartz tweeted, "After Trump/Newt/Arnold last week, today feels like a sugar crash."