Thursday, January 29, 2015

Triple Double Down

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal keeps digging in on the fictional Muslim “no-go zones” in Europe, and he’s using the official state website to do it.

Apparently Jindal believes that amassing a trove of links amounts to a preponderance of evidence proving the existence of the so-called “no-go zones” in Europe. The landing page of his website links to a page titled “Setting the Record Straight,” which compiles reports largely cribbed from a think tank linked to anti-Muslim activists.


To substantiate “no-go zones” in England, Jindal’s page links to a CNN segment and refers four times to the same Daily Mail article. That article quotes Tom Winsor, the U.K.’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, as saying “There are cities in the Midlands where the police never go because they are never called. They never hear of any trouble because the community deals with that on its own.”

What Jindal’s page doesn’t source, though, is the chief constable of West Midlands Police’s rebuttal.

“[Winsor’s] characterisation of these communities as born under other skies is just wrong,” Chief Constable Chris Sims told the Daily Mail. “Many members of communities in Birmingham are British-born and I find that a very odd expression.”

It’s one thing to set up a con and get the rubes to fall for it, but when you start to believe your own bullshit, then you’re just embarrassing yourself.  And to do it with taxpayer money just makes it worse.

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  1. The Daily Mail. Figures.

    In the 80s Jindal would have been sourcing material from the Star and the National Enquirer. Daily Mail is right up there with those storied periodicals. No surprise that he didn’t quote the Sun: he’d not have got past Page Three.

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