A Clash of Symbols

There’s a lot going on in the world these days.  The Danish media are bubbling over with stories about the upcoming election, the continuing mink scandal, and reactions to the COP26 summit.  The prime minister has called a press conference for this very evening to discuss “the corona situation,” and her remarks will surely dominate…

DR: Loyal to the End

DR’s entire foreign news division should be disbanded and rebuilt from scratch. Trump’s investigation of FBI and Russia is still running — and there’s a there there.Jakob Busk Olsen, DR.dk, Nov 5 The article is of course about the arrest of Igor Danchenko. It doesn’t get much play on DR’s website: it’s a smallish feature…

Sneakers Attack

Enes Canter currently plays center for the Boston Celtics basketball team. He’s also a Turkish Muslim. He says he learned English by watching SpongeBob SquarePants and Jersey Shore. He has dated a Rockefeller. He’s been outspoken against Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, at some personal cost. (His own account of having to flee Indonesia while his team…

Feeding the dog that bites the hand that feeds it

Now that the Taliban are running the show, things are going… predictably: Afghanistan’s economy is in free fall after the Taliban: ”we need food and money”Lasse Berg Sørensen, DR.dk, Oct 20 The article opens with a word portrait of Omid, an Afghan who is selling old pots and pans, clothes, carpets, linens, a vacuum hose,…

Sex Sells (And Sells Out)

One of the top stories on DR’s homepage this morning was the one I wrote about Monday: Bretman Rock’s appearance on the cover of Playboy. DR’s headline proclaimed, ” ‘Huge’ with a homosexual man on the cover of Playboy.” The image accompanying the headline featured a heavily made-up and mostly bare-chested Rock against a wall…

Bad News is No News

There hasn’t been much news about America in the Danish media this week, which reflects the Danish media’s conviction that when Democrats are in power, bad news is no news. Joe Biden’s job approval is down to 40% in the Quinnipiac poll (53% disapproval), 43% in Rasmussen (55% disapproval), and 44% in Economist/YouGov (49% disapproval). …

Let the Taliban be the Taliban

The western world invaded Afghanistan 20 years ago largely to eliminate the Taliban, a primitive and barbaric political movement that had taken control of most of that country and was believed to be harboring Osama Bin Laden, the man responsible for the September 11 attacks on America. In the vacuum of our recent departure, the…

Minding Manners

There’s an interesting article in DR today: Are you sill in doubt whether to use “Hi” or “Dear?” Why it’s hard to begin a polite mailLucca Elisa Møller Pedersen & Julie Würtz, DR.dk, Sep 26 The question is simple enough: should one begin an email or SMS to a stranger with “Hi” or “Dear?” (Hej…

Grampa Joe at Turtle Bay

DR had an article up this morning in anticipation of Joe Biden’s address to the UN: President Biden’s ‘America is back’ will be met with skepticism and sour faces at the UN General AssemblyLillian Gjerulf Kretz, DR, 21 September Lillian Kretz is DR’s USA correspondent, and the wife of Ace Correspondent Steffen Kretz.  Half of…

DR Strikes Again

It’s been a mantra of the pro-choice movement for as long as I can remember: “My body, my choice.” It’s a good illustration of how our different perceptions of reality make communication so difficult. Someone who believes every fetus is just a “clump of cells,” for example, will of course believe that the person in…