Fairfax fake news: Trump wrong but right
The blurb starts off the fake news with a claim that Trump is “not lying” but is “just stupid” about Sweden, giving the clear impression he is wrong.
The story headline continues the theme of the blurb – that Trump is telling falsehoods about Sweden and immigrants:
Reporter Nick Miller then throws a shovel of sand in the eyes of the readers, including straw men and beside-the-point statistics, as well as gratuitous insults of Trump of the kind the Left loves.
Trump’s comments were “infamous”, he claims. Swedes were “outraged”. Trump could “embolden racists”. He was “bullheaded”. Later Miller quotes a Swedish deputy mayor who calls Trump “just stupid”.
What an idiot.
So it comes as a surprise to eventually read this admission:
For decades studies have consistently showed the over-representation of immigrants among those sentenced or suspected of crime.
Huh? Like Trump says, then?
And then comes this:
Migrants are over-represented particularly in violent crimes and sexual violence.”There are many reasons,” says Professor Sarnecki. “Lower levels of education, problems with the modern, technological society, maybe even some cultural drawbacks.”
The biggest criminological problem we have is gang violence in a few particular suburbs to our biggest cities. There was an increase in shootings – we didn’t have this gun violence at all a few years ago.
“Our level of blatant violence is still much lower than other countries – the US or even Finland, but still much more than we had. These are people who came here as children or the children of immigrants.
In December 2015 a police intelligence report identified a link between crime and “areas of social risk”. On their list of “particularly vulnerable areas” was the migrant-heavy suburb of Rinkeby in Stockholm – where … this week’s riot “proved” Trump correct.
Also on the list was Rosengard, a majority-immigrant suburb of the city of Malmo on the west coast, just opposite Copenhagen.
Police said such areas were characterised by “parallel structures of society” and “violence-promoting religious extremism”.
In Malmo, says Booth, the most striking and urgent problem is actually anti-Semitism.
Because of Mohammedans.
“The Jewish community is being hounded out of the city,” he’s being told.
Hounded out by Mohammedans.
The unemployment rate among migrants is more than four times as high as natives.
He does add there is an increase in reports of less serious sexual assaults in the last three years, which is related to immigration. That includes reports of “young
[immigrant] newcomers Mohammedans harassing young women”, he says.
So, the numbers don’t exactly lie. There is a nexus between crime and migration in Sweden.
No kidding? Then why is Trump “stupid” to say so?
Or in the Fairfax world, is Trump wrong even when he’s right, and stupid even when he’s smart?