Katrin sent in a really interesting attempt to disrupt the narrative about the Netherlands that is being told on Fox News. The 3-and-a-half minute video shows Fox anchors and guests calling the Dutch “naive” and the country “out of control,” “a cesspool of corruption and crime,” “a mess,” “anarchy,” and “a Disneyworld for those people,” then counterposes that commentary with images of and statistics about the country.
It’s a fascinating example of two sides contesting over the framing of a nation.
By far, the best part occurs at 2:40. Gretchen Carlson mentions that 40% of Americans in the U.S. report having ingested marijuana, compared to 22% of the Dutch. O’Reilly responds with shocking statistical illiteracy (or a willingness to assume the illiteracy of his viewers). Confusing percentages with whole numbers, he says:
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The way they do the statistics in the Netherlands is different, plus its a much smaller country, it’s a much smaller base to do the stats on.