The Failed Journalism of DR

(“With a title like that, you’re gonna need a bigger blog.“) The top foreign news item on DR’s website Friday afternoon, situated “above the fold” as one of three main news items visible when first loading the site, is entirely unsurprising: Texas Senator Gets Massive Backlash for Fleeing to Warmth amid Weather Chaos, Sofie Dyjak,…

Divider of Waters

Berlingske went straight to the Danish news service Ritzau to break the news of Rush Limbaugh’s death on Wednesday. (Ritzau apparently borrowed the story from Reuters.) After three straight news paragraphs about how his death was announced (by his wife, on air, at the start of his program on Wednesday) and how he’d gone public…

Bad News

Europe’s given up on America, according to an article today from Berlingske: Europeans Turn Their Backs on America after Trump, and Denmark Stands Out on a Decisive Point, Kristian Mouritzen, Berlingske.dk, February 11 The subhead spells it out pretty plainly: “Europeans simply do not trust that the new president of the United States, Joe Biden,…

If It Prosper, None Dare Call It Treason

I’m hearing a lot of crazy talk these days. I’m hearing that the 2020 presidential election was rigged by a massive, heavily-monied, and carefully coordinated national organization of businesses, unions, activists, special interest groups, social media oligarchs, and political operators determined to prevent Trump from being re-elected. I thought we’d be over all that by…

Hero to Zero

As I think I’ve made clear in the past, I have no gripe with the establishment media having gone openly partisan. They have every right to be as partisan as they want. My gripe is with the pretense that they can do that and still be considered reliably objective: that people are willing to go…

The Boomerang Principle

“What you do to your adversaries today, they will do to you tomorrow.” It’s such a simple maxim, and so obviously true, and so easily observable in every sphere of human affairs, and at every level of the animal kingdom, that one would expect it to have been said in a thousand different languages across…

Variations

Everyone called it the Wuhan virus because that’s where we saw it start. Saying “Wuhan virus” was just shorthand for saying, “that virus that’s spreading like crazy in that city called Wuhan.” That’s what we thought. It’s what we told ourselves. We didn’t know any better. Fortunately there were people who did. People with eyes…

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

NOTE: Danish coverage of recent American events has been universally awful: whether on television, radio, web, or print, it’s all had the calm tone of MSNBC, the editorial equilibrium of the New York Times, and the penetrative historical insight of Vox. That is, it’s been a dumpster fire of unhinged and often uninformed hyberbole. Rather…

Politiken Goes Coup Coup

The Politiken editorial board wants the U.S. Ambassador called in because “there’s a coup attempt in progress.” I got a breaking news alert saying so on my phone the night of January 4th. They also put out a Tweet: The text of the Tweet: “Denmark and others must speak up.” The text of the headline:…

Grease is No Longer the Word

SPOILER ALERT: If you’ve never seen Grease, there are spoilers galore ahead, so I recommend you run along on your merry way and come back after you’ve seen it. None of this will make sense if you haven’t, anyway. TRIGGER ALERT: This piece uses words and defends ideas that people who are wounded by words…