Dutch Reporters Blast Lying US Ambassador

12 January, 2018, 06:21 | Author: Jason Torres
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Another asked, "Would you please take back your remark about burned politicians, or name a politician that was burned in the Netherlands".

Hoekstra, who was born in Groningen and moved to the United States at the age of two, is a staunch conservative who opposes gay marriage and abortion and is pro the death penalty.

"This is the Netherlands, you have to answer questions", another journalist said. Hoekstra denied having made the statement, and then when confronted with the fact that he had made the statement, insisted that he was still within his rights to deny having made the statement.

According to a report from The Washington Post, reporters repeatedly asked Hoekstra to offer proof of his claim that politicians and cars have been burned and that there are "no-go zones" in the Netherlands. Well, yesterday was "Hokum" Hoekstra's first day on the job, and his interview with the Dutch press didn't go so well. Apparently, Dutch reporters have actual functioning crap detectors and couldn't believe the American politician was denying the obvious truth so brazenly in front of them. "And I am not revisiting the issue".

Goldstein said Hoekstra would be interviewed by a Dutch media outlet on Friday and was expected to address the issue.

"The ambassador made mistakes in 2015, made comments that should not have been made".

"Everybody there had one question: that insane statement you made, are you going to withdraw it?" said Roel Geeraedts, a political reporter at the Dutch television station RTL Nieuws in a phone interview about the event. "Hoekstra himself. By refusing to answer our questions", he wrote.

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"Do you now reach the conclusion you were wrong when you stated that politicians and cars were being burned? We would call that fake news", Hoekstra told Zwart.

I submit that the USA media's fact-checking industry is pretty robust and that we have our share of confrontational news conferences, too. "There are politicians that are being burned and, yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands", he added.

"Excuse me, I asked you a question", Geeraedts said.

There's a popular right-wing narrative about the alleged spread of violent, Islamist-controlled "no-go zones" in cities in Western Europe where even police are afraid to go.

Video of the weird exchange, juxtaposed with his "no-go zone" remarks, went viral, and the episode drew a slew of critical headlines in the United States and the Netherlands.

Hoekstra issued his statement via Twitter shortly before Christmas, saying he "made certain remarks in 2015 and regret the exchange during the Nieuwsuur interview. Please accept my apology".



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