Should one laugh or cry? That perennial question raised itself yet again on January 10 when Norway’s purported newspaper of record, Aftenposten, ran what several readers, in the comments field, quite properly dismissed as a shameless piece of propaganda that, as one of them put it, “stinks” of the “red-green agenda.”
headline: “People with immigrant backgrounds are becoming more like the
rest [of us].” The article was based entirely on data from Statistics
Norway, the government statistics bureau. Although that agency has a
long record of massaging its numbers and serving up frankly absurd
prognoses in order to make it look as if Islamic immigration into Norway
is less of a fiasco than the average Norwegian man-in-the-street knows
it is, Aftenposten‘s reporters, Kjersti Nipen, Øystein Aldridge, and Kjetil Østli, passed them on in the usual reverently unquestioning fashion.