Gullible, stupid, obsequious, or malevolent?

Straight to the money quote: The storming of Congress made an indelible impression on me. The mob and the rabble flowed towards and into one of the iconic altars of democracy, storming the hallways, ravaging, robbing, and killing. Armed with everything from handguns to clubs. “The mob and the rabble” is my own interpretive translation,…

Much Too Little, Much Too Late

Mikkel Danielsen is Berlingske Tidende’s USA correspondent. I don’t know how I missed it, but on April 4 he actually came across with the goods on Hunter Biden—and that’s a full six days before I wrote my post about the “ongoing silence.” I screwed up. There was at least one story in the Danish media…

Truth without Consequences

Do people ever get tired of being lied to? Misled? Deceived? Don’t waste time on that: I already know the answer. It’s no. The answer is no, people never get tired of being lied to, misled, or deceived. There are only two conditions: it has to be something they want to believe, and you have…

The Grotesque and Hideous American Left

Former Clinton cabinet member Robert Reich is almost unquestionably the hardest-left Clinton-era Democrat still maintaining a public profile. His politics are a shrieky and hysterical blend of far left dogmatism topped with an apocalyptic foam of raw hatred for conservatives and conservatism. That all-consuming hatred and obsessive fanaticism, coupled with his stunted size, bring to…

Denmark: On Second Thought, We’ll Have What Trump Was Having

Flanked by the leaders of four other parties, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen held a press conference last night to announce that a historic, cross-bloc political agreement had been reached. “Given the gravity of the current situation in Ukraine,” the Prime Minister said, “the government and our partners in the four parties represented here tonight have…

Our Media Deceive Us Because They’re Sick People Who Hate Democracy

I’ve been very critical of the establishment media in Denmark and the United States. I’ve called them “garbage media” and have used words like “execrable” and “disgusting” and “grotesque” in describing a lot of journalists and editors. I’ve called them hacks and partisans. I’ve avoided hyberbole because none has been needed: the establishment media new…

Surfin’ USA

Mads Fuglede is a member of the Danish parliament for the (ostensibly) right-of-center Venstre party. On Sunday he penned an opinion piece for the (ostensibly) right-of-center Berlingske Tidende. In his byline, Berlingske identified him not only as a member of parliament, but also a “U.S. Analyst.” A right-of-center reader of this right-of-center publication might have…

Lie, Smear, Rinse, Repeat

In an article that’s supposed to be about Joe Biden’s address to the nation on January 6, DR proves once again that there’s no Democratic Party talking point they’re unwilling to pass on to the Danish public as a matter of established fact. Correspondent: Biden’s speech was the first direct accusation from “the top” against…

Journalisming

Ladies and gentleman, the balanced Danish media: Do you remember the pictures? A year ago wild and angry Trump supporters stormed the American capitolAngelica Schou-Petersen, DR.dk, Jan 6 One year after the attack on America’s democracy: what’s happened since the storming of the capitol?Lillian Gjerulf Kretz, DR.dk, Jan 6 Trump’s people have put a large-scale…

Boo Who

Berlingske had a big headline on their website today: “Trump hit a sore spot among his supporters—and was met with boos.” It was the only major American story on the front page so it’s presumably the most notable American story of the moment. And maybe it is. It must be. It starts with Trump and…

The Art of Deflection

As the gentle reader of this blog will know and as Greg has stated in the About text (upper right hand side on the page), we have a particular interest in the intersection of news from America and the way in which these news are delivered to the Danish people. It was therefore with a…

“Now comes the punishment.”

Danish news media don’t appear to be coping very well with yesterday’s shellacking of the Democratic party. Phrases like “five-alarm fire” and “bloodbath” are being used even by leftist commentators in America to describe the results of Tuesday’s elections. But as far as I can tell to this point, the major Danish news outlets have…

Clown Show Treatment

Actual American news has still been pretty hard to come by on the main Danish news media the past 48 hours, with one notable exception that I’ll get to in a moment. But let’s start with some examples of what little American news has made it into the Danish news stream. First, a Berlingske story…

Sayers of Sooth

“Cato used to say,” Cicero writes in The Nature of the Gods, “that he wondered how one soothsayer could keep a straight face when he met another.” It’s easy to wonder the same about American pollsters. Hold that thought. Americans right now have a more favorable opinion of Donald Trump than they do of Joe…

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). …

American Bogeymen

A project at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics has been looking into the polarization of American culture and politics in the hopes of finding an antidote. In their own words, they hope to “use innovative polling and data analytics to identify America’s political fissures, and explain ways to foster compromise.” That’s fancy talk…

Hyperbole Will Kill Everyone, Destroy the Planet, and Mutilate All Puppies

A recent article from the Financial Times is an excellent specimen of a lot that’s wrong with today’s journalism. The Strange Death of American DemocracyMartin Wolf, Financial Times, Sep 28 I’m glad it’s in English, because I don’t have to worry about losing anything in translation. Here’s how it opens: “An American ‘Caesarism’ has now…

What’s News

While down in the the west (see yesterday’s post) I bundled up a whole bunch of stuff I wanted to deal with on this blog. Maybe I’ll get to some of it and maybe I won’t in the days ahead, but it won’t be today. Because an article published on Berlingske yesterday demands my attention…

The Phantom Menace

G.K. Chesteron opens up The Superstition of Divorce with a passage I think I’ve already quoted somewhere on this blog: It is still in some strange way considered unpractical to open up inquiries about anything by asking what it is. I happen to have, however, a fairly complete contempt for that sort of practicality; for…

The Restoration Will Be Unsourced

More and more damning information is coming about Dr. Fauci, the Wuhan lab leak theory, and the mechanics of statecraft applied to the suppression of scientific inquiry, even from some piously leftwing outlets. The border crisis continues unabated. Mere weeks after Eastern European hackers shut down a major gas pipeline and caused gas shortages across…