Foreign Tongues and the Dem Convention

You may ask yourself how foreign reporters score interviews at huge political gatherings like the goings-on at the Fleet Centre. Do they come with lists of experts and talking heads fluent in their language? Do they run a Profnet request? Maybe they hang out in Harvard Square looking for French Lit profs? Paul Wells notes the effective technique employed by one Radio-Canada reporter:

I also saw something trivial but charming which I have heard about but never witnessed: a Radio-Canada radio reporter holding up a sign saying, "PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS? COME SPEAK TO ME!" It's how you interview Americans for French-language radio. Does it work?

"Draws them like honey," my colleague said.

Chances are, you won't find many Republicans looking to say something nice in French a few weeks from now.

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