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8/14/2018 7:31 am  #1


Fox Has a Problem with,,,,,, Denmark?

 Fox compared ‘socialist’ Denmark to Venezuela, sparking a puzzled backlash from top officials



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There’s the Denmark of Lego, “Little Mermaid” and intelligent TV shows that we’ve all heard so much about.And then there’s the other Denmark. The one found on the Fox Business Network. “Everyone in Denmark is working for the government,” anchor Trish Regan announced in a segment aired last week. “And no one wants to work.”

“Not only is school free; they actually pay you. ... You know what happens then? Nobody graduates from school. ... They just stay in school,” Regan went on to say, referring to university-level education.“Because that’s the reality of socialism. As one person who studied Denmark said: Nowadays all the kids graduating from schools in Denmark, they want to start cupcake cafes,” Regan said, before breaking into laughter. “Denmark — like Venezuela — has stripped people of their opportunities,” the anchor concluded on a more serious note.

The Danish government wasn’t very amused. “We are working much more than Americans and at the same time ranking as the worlds best in Work-Life-Balance,” Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen wrote Monday on Twitter. Addressing the Fox Business Network anchor directly, he added: “You should come to Denmark if you dare be confronted with facts.”

Regan’s characterization of Denmark as a bleak nation that robs its citizens doesn’t really add up, as any visitor to the country has probably noticed. In fact, employment rates in Denmark are higher than in the United States. Curiously, the “no one wants to work” Danish employees are also more productive than their U.S. counterparts.

Regan was correct in saying that Denmark pays its citizens to study rather than charging tuition. But the country still has some of Europe’s lowest university dropout rates and performs better than nations charging their students.

 Any direct comparison between European and U.S. university degrees is somewhat flawed, but to suggest that the U.S. system is successful at retaining students would be flat-out wrong. Less than 60 percent of undergraduate students finished their studies within six years, according to data by the National Center for Education Statistics.Meanwhile, a cross-European survey conducted roughly at the same time found that 79 percent of Danish undergraduate students completed their courses. (Among those students is also an increasing number of U.S. citizens who can’t afford college in their home country.)

The numbers suggest that paying students to study actually encourages children of lower-income families to graduate from college, which has decreased inequality in the country.Once young Danes have successfully completed their courses, they can rely on universal access to health care and can move to Copenhagen — currently the world’s ninth most livable city.(No U.S. city made it into the top 10 this year.)

Despite all the hardship they are experiencing in their socialist dystopia, the Danes have kept a sense of humor.Following last week’s Fox report, Denmark’s ambassador to the United States, Lars Gert Lose, prepared a handy guide for anyone interested in finding out more about living in the Scandinavian “socialist” trouble state.Inviting Regan to Denmark, Lose kindly offered “to assist,” before warning that the “lack of cupcake cafés probl will be disappointing.”


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/08/14/fox-compared-socialist-denmark-venezuela-sparking-puzzled-backlash-top-officials/?utm_term=.a929ad24d834 

Last edited by Goose (8/14/2018 7:44 am)


We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 
 

8/14/2018 7:41 am  #2


Re: Fox Has a Problem with,,,,,, Denmark?

Sometimes selling American Exceptionalism requires uttering a few fibs.
Fortunately, Fox is NOT slavishly devoted to the whole fact thing.


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8/14/2018 7:44 am  #3


Re: Fox Has a Problem with,,,,,, Denmark?

Geez, Trish, maybe a little fact-checking is a dangerous thing for you to do?

 

8/14/2018 8:44 am  #4


Re: Fox Has a Problem with,,,,,, Denmark?

Fox = home of the REAL "fake news" ! 


"Do not confuse motion and progress, A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress"
 
 

8/15/2018 8:04 am  #5


Re: Fox Has a Problem with,,,,,, Denmark?

Fox is letting their viewers indulge in a treasured conservative myth, that the European democracies are a socialist hellscape, populated by effete cheese eaters.

In fact, the Europeans have a society with much to admire.
And the cheese is pretty good too!


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8/15/2018 3:52 pm  #6


Re: Fox Has a Problem with,,,,,, Denmark?

Awesome!




 

Last edited by Goose (8/15/2018 3:53 pm)


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