AirTalk for August 24, 2011

Should you care about DSK? Not according to the French

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Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) director Dominique Strauss-Kahn enters Manhattan State Supreme Court with his wife Anne Sinclair.

Former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is off the hook for the alleged sexual assault of hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo. A New York Judge dismissed the criminal case against him yesterday, although he still faces a civil suit filed by Diallo’s lawyer earlier this month. Now the French are feeling vindicated. According to an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times the French papers are full of support for Strauss-Kahn, with a healthy dose of America-shaming to boot. They say DSK (as he’s known there) was a victim of a justice system that’s eager to convict people before the evidence is in. The French also say that a politician’s personal life is no one’s business but their own and Americans have outsized expectation of public officials. Are the French right? If we take this case at face value, and Strauss-Kahn is not-guilty, aren’t his actions his own business? Or does it call his judgment into question? When a politician engages in secret sexual conduct, could it put them in a position that possibly threatens national security? Do Americans have too high expectations of our public figures?


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