Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Can you spot the idiot “journalists”

Here’s a hint, try this front page story in today’s Washington Post. A Ditzy Duo - reporter Molly Moore and researcher Corinne Gavard – are all aglow over France’s “Baby Boom.” Presumably because, as the article gushes,

The French system also fosters different attitudes about working mothers. French working moms say they feel far less guilt than friends in the United States or Europe because French society recognizes children are well cared-for while mothers are at work.
Early on the Duo states,

While falling birthrates threaten to undermine economies and social stability across much of an aging Europe, French fertility rates are increasing. France now has the second-highest fertility rate in Europe -- 1.94 children born per woman, exceeded slightly by Ireland's rate of 1.99. The U.S. fertility rate is 2.01 children.

The United States Census Bureau begs to differ [.pdf], according to them the US fertility rate is 2.10 (perhaps one or both of the Duo is dyslexic). Is that .09 difference a big deal? Yeah, see my previous post Congratulating yourself into oblivion.

The real demographic story in France is the fertility rate of the unassimilated Muslim population in France who are clamoring for their enclaves to be subject to Sharia rather than French law. Apparently, Molly, Corinne, and the Washington Post don’t want to go there; however the Boston Globe did last year:
There are more than 23 million Muslims in the European Union, about 5 percent of the total population. The fertility rate of Europe's Muslims is three times that of the non-Muslim population. Because of their increasing proportion of older, retired people, European countries need to take in more than 13 million migrants annually to maintain their population-support ratios (the ratio of working-age people to those 65 and over). As a result of immigration and uneven fertility rates, the Muslim population is expected to double by 2015 while the non-Muslim population declines by 3.5 percent. Some projections, based on a continuation of current trends, foresee a Muslim majority in France by 2050, and perhaps in all of Europe
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