“Fake news” – a rhetorical “get out of jail free card” for liars and stupid politicians.
[Source: BBC News 12/22/17].
The new US ambassador to the Netherlands has been caught out on Dutch television after a journalist quizzed him about comments he had made about Islamic extremism in the country.
Pete Hoekstra denied he had ever said there were “no-go zones” in the Netherlands, calling it “fake news”.
But the Dutch journalist showed him a clip of the comments from 2015.
The Trump appointee then appeared to deny the “fake news” term he had used earlier in the interview.
The exchange left Wouter Zwart, US correspondent for Dutch broadcaster NOS, visibly confused in the short clip that has been widely shared on social media.
Zwart: Speaking of threat, at one point you mentioned in a debate that there are no-go zones in the Netherlands and that cars and politicians are being set on fire.
Mr Hoekstra: I didn’t say that. That is actually an incorrect statement. Yeah, we would call it fake news.
Zwart: Is that fake news? Because that’s what you really said.
Mr Hoekstra: No, it’s not what I said.
Mr Hoekstra (on archive video): The Islamic movement has now got to the point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned. And yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.
Zwart: You called it fake news, obviously… (is interrupted)
Mr Hoekstra: I didn’t call that fake news, I didn’t use the words today.
Mr Hoekstra: No. I don’t think I did.
George Orwell is spinning in his grave.