Christian Christensen

Christian Christensen

Christian Christensen, American in Sweden, is Professor of Journalism at Stockholm University. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrChristensen

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US President-elect Joe Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 19, 2021, one day ahead of his inauguration as 46th President of the US. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
"He's Better Than Trump!" Is No Defense of Biden. Citizens Deserve More.
By the time you read this, Trump will almost be gone…or will already be gone. This was a presidency like no other. Not because of what was created, but because of what was laid bare. The last four years has been USA unfiltered: a vision of the country stripped of nation-branding PR, sweeping...
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In this photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Donald Trump's Twitter page shown in the background on May 27, 2020. Views
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Trump, Social Media and “Orwellian” Bullshit
Donald Trump being banned from a cross-section of social media and digital platforms has generated outrage from right-wingers in the United States and Europe, with claims that these decisions are tantamount to censorship, a violation of Trump’s free-speech rights and blatant political targeting on...
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People react as they watch a broadcast of Fox News showing presidential election returns at an election night watch party organized by group "Villagers for Trump" in The Villages, Florida, on November 3, 2020. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 16, 2020
It's 2020 But the Dangerous Myth About the So-Called "Liberal" Media Still Going Strong
It is an enduring belief that the vast majority of U.S. media are "liberal" or "leftist." This is a powerful myth, used by the political right to convince citizens that a secular, urban elite pushes a leftist agenda on the nation via television, newspapers and Internet. This notion wasn't invented...
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To accept the alternative—the killing was planned and unprovoked—is to expose the murder to be a product of a racist society. (Photo: Ahmaud Arbery/Family photo) Views
Friday, May 08, 2020
"It Could Be Something We Didn’t See On The Tape"—Ahmaud Arbery and the Eternal Guilt of Black Victims
“I will say that looks like a really good young guy. It’s a really disturbing situation to me (…) it could be something we didn’t see on tape.” When Donald Trump made this comment about the murder of US jogger Ahmaud Arbery by a group of white men who stalked and shot him, he tapped into a long,...
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A right-wing protester in Minnesota holds a sign which reads "Be like Sweden" while another called the coronavirus pandemic a "fake crisis" during an anti-lockdown demonstration in Minnesota last week. (Photo: AP) Views
Friday, April 24, 2020
Want to Discuss Sweden and COVID19? Start By Looking Backward.
“A vast social experiment…” “Committing suicide…” “Self-inflicted nightmare…” “Tragedy…” We have heard a lot about Sweden and its now-infamous “hands off” COVID19 strategy, and there is widespread international disbelief at a policy many consider to be tantamount to Sweden playing Russian roulette...
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 Among UK citizens aged 45-54, 56% voted to leave the EU, with those aged 55-64 (57%) and 65+ (60%) remarkably close. Compare this to 73% in the 18-24 age group, and 62% in the 25-34 age group, who voted to remain in the EU. (Photo: Pixabay/Public Domain) Views
Friday, January 31, 2020
Brexit’s Backward Legacy: The Past Swallowing The Future
By this time tomorrow, the UK will be out of the European Union. To those who say the UK is better out than in, I beg to differ. In 1979, I moved to England. This was the year Margaret Thatcher was elected, and just seven years after Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath – an advocate for EC...
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Sunday, September 22, 2019
The US Just Killed 30 Innocent People in Afghanistan. Let's Pretend It Was London.
A US official in the UK has indicated that he is “working with local authorities” and “examining the intelligence” that led to a drone strike late last week that took the lives of 30 customers at a restaurant in central London. It appears that the intended target of the strike was a gathering of IS...
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Most arguments about immigrants and lost small-town utopias are meant to make us yearn for something that never existed. (Photo: Christian Christensen) Views
Monday, June 24, 2019
How Immigration Changed A Small-Town Sweden That Never Existed
How far can you stretch nostalgia before warm, harmless exaggeration transforms into weaponized dishonesty? This question is at the heart of a great deal of discussion on immigration in Europe, where the presence of new residents is often pitched by those opposed to immigration as ultimately...
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who President Trump announced Thursday would soon be leaving her position as White House press secretary, said that she hoped her legacy would be as a person who was, "transparent and honest throughout that process" and did "everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before." Views
Friday, June 14, 2019
"Not Founded On Anything": The Epitaph for the Sarah Huckabee Sanders Era
At Politico's " Women Rule " event in late 2018, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who President Trump announced Thursday would soon be leaving her position as White House press secretary, said that she hoped her legacy would be as a person who was, "transparent and honest throughout that process" and did "...
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John Cleese at the Byline Festival in England, 2017. Views
Saturday, June 01, 2019
Dear John Cleese: Why Was My White, Nordic Immigrant Family Never Accused of Making England Less English?
In 1979, my family moved from the United States to England. The four of us were born in four different countries, and held three different nationalities: US, Danish, Swedish. I lived in England for close to 15 years, and my parents stayed on until their deaths, with my mother living there for what...
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