Mein Gott! The MSM!

We are building a new house in No Fla and are in the process of interviewing real estate agents to sell our home here in SW Florida. One of the agents we interviewed today has lived here since 2000 (born and raised in Berlin) and is very aware of both the American and European markets. This is important because Naples is a destination point for the English and particularly the Germans. We enjoy a cosmopolitan crowd here indeed.

We discussed the usual pros and cons of the real estate market but Ulrich both surprised and impressed me by adding some political observations:

1. Europeans are afraid of investing here because they have been led to believe that immigrants are unwanted and they would only be able to use their home 6 months of the year. As members of the EU, they could buy in Cap Ferrat and Costa del Sol with no visa issues but as I pointed out, that would be twice as expensive as buying property in Florida. He agreed.

2. In a very casual manner, I suggested that the immigration problem here has far more to do with illegal activity and hardly with the type of European who could afford to buy in my neighborhood. In fact, I mentioned that we love hosting Western Europeans because we share similar cultural values; after all, they are our ancestors and the local educated demographics enjoy the interaction.

We started to get into the Trump issue (he is terribly unpopular in Europe) and then we both stopped for obvious reasons. What shocked me most is the power of the MSM to reach across continental lines and affect a real estate market in the U.S.

This is scary folks.

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23 thoughts on “Mein Gott! The MSM!”

  1. Most of the news that gets to a foreign country comes through the MSM filter. They just take for granted that is the true feelings of all Americans.

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  2. I wonder how many want to have a home in Florida so as to get away from their country’s immigration problems?

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  3. PhCheese:
    I wonder how many want to have a home in Florida so as to get away from their country’s immigration problems?

    Great question. The agent I spoke to today is Jewish and I commented during the course of the conversation:

    “There is a definitive safety problem for Jews in Europe: London, Paris, and particularly Malmö.

    He was surprised that I was aware of how Islamic immigrants are ruining lives in some of the greatest cities in Europe.

    I was surprised that after 9/11 he was surprised at my open hostility.

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  4. 10 Cents:
    Most of the news that gets to a foreign country comes through the MSM filter. They just take for granted that is the true feelings of all Americans.

    Well that is OK. My news on them comes through the same filter, and it sounds like they all hate us, as y’all told me was not, in fact true.

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  5. I don’t think the European media need any help from the U.S. MSM in bashing the U.S.  The European media (at least the broadsheets—the tabloids less so) are even more élitist than the coastal media in the U.S., and almost uniformly disdainful of what they perceive as a continent of uncultured gun-toting yahoos.

    This is nothing new, and it antedates the Trump administration by decades.  They were shilling for the “Nuclear Freeze” when the Soviets had more than 600 SS-20 missiles aimed at the cities in which they were scribbling. The nuclear freeze would have prevented the deployment of a comparable deterrent by the West.

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  6. Bryan G. Stephens:
    My news on them comes through the same filter, and it sounds like they all hate us, as y’all told me was not, in fact true.

    Here’s my take on this. They may pretend to hate our values (work hard, avoid the dole) but they admire our lifestyle and relative affluence.

    And then there are the French who actually spend taxpayer $dollars to support a Minister of Culture who defies McDonalds. I happen to know that Mickey D owns not one, but two  franchises in Paris and that the newly remodeled McDonald’s on Paris’ Avenue des ChampsÉlysées is the fast food company’s most successful location in the world.

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  7. John Walker:
    I don’t think the European media need any help from the U.S. MSM in bashing the U.S.

    Completely agree but in the past couple decades, bashing the U.S. was la chose a faire. I think many Europeans ( particularly the French) are grumpy by nature so I have always ignored their criticism and I think, if they were truly honest with themselves, they have too!

    Malheureusement, the powerful American left has now convinced the entire world that the U.S. despises itself and this has sent shock waves of insecurity throughout the planet. Despite all we’ve been told, we were once respected and now the left has managed to create an atmosphere of despair and hostility and to use an old adage-  pull the rug out beneath its own country.

    Favorite example: How on Earth does Justin Trudeau win an election after the successful administration of Stephen Harper?

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  8. John Walker:
    This is nothing new, and it antedates the Trump administration by decades. They were shilling for the “Nuclear Freeze” when the Soviets had more than 600 SS-20 missiles aimed at the cities in which they were scribbling. The nuclear freeze would have prevented the deployment of a comparable deterrent by the West.

    I remember it well. Of course, the US media were fully on board with that one also. They were trying to scare the bejesus out of folks with made-for-TV movies like The Day After. Reagan was a dangerous warmonger with his finger on the nuclear button. Sound familiar at all? Then again…

    The media had a field day with Reagan’s joke, providing further confirmation (as if any were needed) that the Left lacks a sense of humor.

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  9. I cannot talk politics at all with my 41 year-old Swiss son. Although Switzerland is not part of the EU, culturally, the young people I have met are bien-pensants and sure that everyone in the world (except Americans) are really all the same. There are no problems assimilating Muslims in Europe – just poor oppressed people trying to have better lives. There is no demographic problem in Europe. “What anti-Semitism?” That is all media hype. The tea-party, though, was absolutely wall-to-wall racist – they read it in der Spiegel! Telling them this was categorically false – that I was a member who had attended scores of meetings (which included members of most supposedly oppressed minorities) – had no impact, whatsoever.

    For an alternative view, I recommend Bruce Thornton’s “Decline and Fall – Europe’s Slow Motion Suicide.” ISBN-13: 978-1594032066. This prescient book was published 11 years ago and tells it straight. I suggested an essay of his in a post the other day. He is well worth a second plug from me. Think of him as an alter ego of his friend, VDH.

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  10. EThompson:

    civil westman:
    There is no demographic problem in Europe.

    There is no demographic problem in Switzerland!

    Uhhh…, actually, there is.  It has not reached the level of other countries such as France, Sweden, the Netherlands, or Britain, but there are places in some of the big cities (“big” on the Swiss scale) and some not-so-big cities where you might think yourself in Algiers.  Further, we had a huge intake of Muslim “refugees” from ex-Yugoslavia in the 1990s who promptly took over the rackets in the big cities, sometimes by killing our indigenous outlaws.  It was that experience that sparked the present-day Swiss scepticism about “refugees” and “migrants”.  But this is a grass roots phenomenon.  The big parties, business, and media are all on board with the globalist, open borders agenda.

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  11. EThompson:
    He was surprised that I was aware of how Islamic immigrants are ruining lives in some of the greatest cities in Europe. I was surprised that after 9/11 he was surprised at my open hostility.

    Thanks for telling this. With all this comms ability at everyone’s fingertips, we still have totally crummy information delivery. Somebody is gatekeeping, and seriously.

    I hope you can keep in touch with this person. Maybe you can discuss this general problem some more. Do you suppose that might be the case?

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  12. jzdro:

    EThompson:
    He was surprised that I was aware of how Islamic immigrants are ruining lives in some of the greatest cities in Europe. I was surprised that after 9/11 he was surprised at my open hostility.

    Thanks for telling this. With all this comms ability at everyone’s fingertips, we still have totally crummy information delivery. Somebody is gatekeeping, and seriously.

    I hope you can keep in touch with this person. Maybe you can discuss this general problem some more. Do you suppose that might be the case?

    I’m about to hire him this week to market the house so I’ll keep you all posted!

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  13. Europeans seem to have a habit of selecting strange and uniquely ineffective leadership castes, monarchs, parliaments and the EU with the bureaucracy underpinning it all.

    I have no problem for such a  lot needing to feel superior to us poor deplorables across the pond. Soon, there will be the request to come shed blood to bail them out.

    I wonder what the answer will be this time? Deplorably sorry, old chap.

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  14. TKC 1101:
    I have no problem for such a  lot needing to feel superior to us poor deplorables across the pond. Soon, there will be the request to come shed blood to bail them out.

    Here was my point TKC. I’ve traveled enough to know that Europeans don’t really feel superior to us; they have criticized out of envy not disdain. What has changed and is most disturbing to me now is that they perceive (as I mentioned previously) that we dislike ourselves and this is sending negative shock waves throughout the international world.

    Add Trump to the mix who is insisting that most of these parasites start paying their fair share for military protection and the result is nothing but sheer panic.

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  15. EThompson:
    Add Trump to the mix who is insisting that most of these parasites start paying their fair share for military protection and the result is nothing but sheer panic.

    That might be why it’s showing signs of working.

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  16. Mike LaRoche:
    Good thing I’ve been staying away from Europe.

    I have been as well. To be perfectly frank, I’m afraid it cannot and will not be as lovely, particularly my beloved Vienna. I think I prefer to retain fond memories. This is killing me of course but my husband suggested we mark off a travel spot on his bucket list for a change- Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kiev with a trip to the Bolshoi. I could be convinced.

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  17. PhCheese:
    Europe will rue the day they traded Jews for Muslims.

    They’re trading Gentiles too and I curse Angela Merkel for her insane immigration policies.

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  18. I had this same experience with an Australian girl I was dating. Even though she watched Fox News at home and loved Mark Steyn, she had a very skewed view of America, Trump, and what the average person thinks about things here. She had a hard time getting past what she saw on TV versus what I told her as a person born and raised here.

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  19. The Sinistral Bassist:
    I had this same experience with an Australian girl I was dating. Even though she watched Fox News at home and loved Mark Steyn, she had a very skewed view of America, Trump, and what the average person thinks about things here. She had a hard time getting past what she saw on TV versus what I told her as a person born and raised here.

    A shame indeed because she lived in a country that produced one of my favorite PMs- John Howard- who served for 11 years!

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