December 22, 2017

Huh. You'd almost think that Republican politicians are trained to bark "Fake news!" as a reflex.

Like in this short interview with Pete Hoekstra, former Republican congressman and the newly-appointed US ambassador to the Netherlands.

He was being interviewed for a current affairs program by reporter Wouter Zwart.

“You mentioned in a debate that there are no-go zones in the Netherlands, and that cars and politicians are being set on fire in the Netherlands,” Zwart said.

“I didn’t say that. This is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news," Hoekstra insisted.

Ha, ha! He called it "fake news"!

The reporter then showed clips of Hoekstra doing just that.


“The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt ... and yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.”

Hoekstra then said he never called it “fake news”.

“I didn’t call that fake news. I didn’t use the words today. I don’t think I did.”

The reporter didn't look convinced, did he?

I just want to point out that these Muslim scare stories are an integral part of the white nationalist right-wing movements now spreading through Europe -- and that's a U.S. ambassador, amplifying their racist B.S.

Can you help us out?

For 18 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.