Sunday, April 17, 2005

Rewriting, for Clarity.

The Pundit Guy already took an Instalanche on this story.Telegraph News We must show our opposition to Islam, says Danish queen Some of the unsubstantiated opinions in the body of the article need rewriting, for 'clarity'.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has called on the country "to show our opposition to Islam", regardless of the opprobium such a stance provokes abroad. Her comments further undermined the image of Denmark as a liberal haven for those seeking a new life in northern Europe.

Let's play that second sentence again, shall we? How about, "Her wise and timely comments further the image of Denmark as a place in northern Europe Muslim wastrels are no longer welcome to come and live on the dole." Yes, much better. Next:

The Danish government has already been accused of fuelling xenophobia by introducing measures which effectively closed the country to asylum seekers.

Poor. Much better: The Danish government ignored the imbecelic rantings of the press, including this reporter, and in much scorned but if we really were truthful and trustworthy in our reporting, would admit the measures do reflect the "it's about time something was done about this rats-up-the-rope asylum policy", and intelligently took action approved of by vast numbers of common sense Danes.

There. How hard can honest journalism really be? Round three:

But in overtly political passages from an official biography published yesterday Queen Margrethe makes comments certain to complicate her nation's relationship with Muslims.

A little edit here I think. In passages from an official biography published yesterday Queen Margrethe makes comments certain to complicate Muslims relationship with her nation. "If they want to live here, it's about time they learn to speak Danish. And no more free pastry! "

She said: "We are being challenged by Islam these years - globally as well as locally. It is a challenge we have to take seriously. We have let this issue float about for too long because we are tolerant and lazy."We have to show our opposition to Islam and we have to, at times, run the risk of having unflattering labels placed on us because there are some things for which we should display no tolerance." "And when we are tolerant, we must know whether it is because of convenience or conviction."

Even a blind pig occasionally finds an acorn. And then stuffs more dirt up the snout:

The Queen, who turns 65 tomorrow and has reigned since 1972, wields no political power but does occasionally comment on political issues.

Slow learners...journalists. The beloved Queen, who turns 65 tomorrow, and has reigned since 1972, wields no political power, but has provided much needed common sense and wisdom on political issues. Why such views escape the elected officials notice, even when the consequences of their foolish, failed policies are staring them back in the face is anybody's guess. Thank God for the Queen, and her occasional comments!

Denmark has seriously limited immigration in the past three years and the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party, an ally of the centre-Right government, has pushed through laws making it harder to bring in foreign spouses or qualify for asylum.

No, no, no. Denmark has finally stepped away from the policies sure to turn much of other parts of western Europe into a black-burkhas for women, stonings for all offenses, hands and heads-cut-off-in-public 6th century paradise (none but bearded fanatical zealots need apply) if someone doesn't say "Thus far and no farther!" and mean it. The pro-Liberty, preserve Denmark's history Danish People's Party, an ally of the legitmately elected centre-Right government, and opponents of the Left-out-of-Reality, we'll-Tolerate-any offense-so-as-not-to-be-seen-as-giving-offense, we're-sorry-to-have-to-put-it-this-way-Party,...has enacted timely and long publicly urged legislation, closing the porous immigration policies of the Left-out-of-Reality....Party resonsible for the serious declines in livibility in Denmark in recent years. This as thousands of disaffected, refused to learn to speak Danish and fit in wastrel young Muslims saw in Denmark another European country they could ride to ruin.

She said she understood how disaffected young Muslims might find refuge in religion. (Addenda : "But if they believe we'll just stand by and let them throttle Danish civilization...well they can just go to hell, or back to France!") This tendency should be fought by encouraging Muslims to learn
Danish so they could integrate better, she said. "We should not be content with living next to each other. We should rather live together."

All done. Did you get all of that?

Postscript. Of course I include opinions and invented facts in my rewrite. Isn't that what 'real journalists' do?

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