Adam Klasfeld @KlasfeldReports Reporter, @CourthouseNews: NYC+Int’l. RTs=What's it to ya? adam[at]adamklasfeld[dot]com PGP Fingerprint: F427 EE3B 6F05 E5D5 785B 775B 2C74 683C 219D 91DC Jun. 19, 2018 1 min read

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. 

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." 

To review:

* 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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