Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Why are Swedish journalists surprised?

Peppe Engberg provides a refreshing article about Swedish journalist in post-election Iraq:
”Unexpected turnouts at Iraqi polls on election day” The Mantra of today has now
been repeated nine times on the Public Service radio and four times on the tv
news. On top of that, there has been six surprised headlines in today’s morning
papers. And it’s only 9.05 AM. […] The turnout at the Iraqi polls only surprises
those who let their ideology limit the view.”

It would be nice if Swedish media outlets, on the recommendation of Mr Engberg, use the days after the election to try and get rid of correspondents who are trying to hide their own lack of competence and analytical skills in wordings about how surprised the rest of the world is.

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