President Donald Trump is capable of saying some stupid things, but as we’ve said before, the media would be doing themselves a big favor if they could realign their priorities now that the election is over; the unofficial contest to see which reporter can dig up the dirt that forces Trump to drop out of the race is over. The Pulitzer committee will award some nice consolation prizes eventually, but dial it back a notch, maybe?
We saw how long it took for the press to go wild with Trump’s claim during Saturday’s rally that there had been a terrorist attack in Sweden the night before. Even the Swedish Embassy got in on the act, but it wasn’t enough to ridicule Trump — the explainers at Vox had to go a step father and prove that Sweden has no problem with immigrant-related crimes.
The Daily Caller’s Justin Caruso, however, argues otherwise.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 20, 2017
Caruso reports that “since 2005, Sweden has refused to publish crime data on immigrants,” leaving Vox’s Zack Beauchamp to rely on outdated research.
Same writer who thought there was a bridge connecting Gaza to the West Bank. So no surprise. https://t.co/OaPqPBSgdw
— ed (@edkrayewski) February 21, 2017
With data being sketchy, the Vox take was to instead look at the”long history of sexual panics in the West about non-white immigrants.”
Caruso notes that even liberals couldn’t swallow the Vox Kool-Aid this time around, with Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum admitting the piece set off his B.S. detector: “He linked to an old report that tallies crime rates for the years 1997-2001 — which is all but useless in 2017 — and then glided quickly past his eventual acknowledgment that the foreign-born have ‘a higher rate of criminal charges than the native-born.'”
We Should Practice Truth in Statistics, Even When It Hurts https://t.co/HRUBojEm9s
— Kevin Drum (@kdrum) February 19, 2017
The first step for European countries, it seems, it to emulate some of the leaders of Germany’s law enforcement and admit you have a problem.
I thought Sweden was old news anyway. Didn't people already know there were problems? pic.twitter.com/2fVJKu22bm
— Jason (@jasonelevation) February 20, 2017
If you’re going to start using numbers from the United Nations and not Vox, then they’ve got a bridge to sell you.
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Germans publish guide showing immigrants how to respect women https://t.co/txEP1gBApc
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 19, 2016