Of course, this is an outrageous lie, but unpacking the 10 percent figure is where it gets interesting.
Short version: The president likely misinterpreted a Fox News report to turn reality precisely on its head.
Brief thread on this.
There was a 10 percent drop in crime in Germany in 2017, as reported by Germany's top broadcaster Deutsche Welle. http://www.dw.com/en/crime-in-germany-drops-10-percent-in-2017-report-shows/a-43485926 …
Fox News reported on a study by German criminologist Christian Pfeifer finding a 10 percent spike in the **northern state of Lower Saxony** in 2015 and 2016, framing it to vilify migrants.
Dig a bit into that study, and it gets interesting.
Pfeifer sat down for an interview with Der Spiegel about his expertise, calling the fear of immigrant violence "propaganda." http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/22-germans-speak-about-challenges-of-integrating-refugees-a-1075661-3.html …
* There has been a 10 percent crime drop in Germany in 2017.
* Fox News focused on a 10 percent spike in Lower Saxony in 2015 and 2016.
* Trump ignores the first report, trumpets the second, based on a study whose author calls Trump's point of view "propaganda."
It's rare to see in real time how the funhouse mirror of right-wing media can take a kernel of truth and distort it so that it transforms into the *exact opposite* of observable reality -- with almost scientific precision.
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