Day 337: Good Journalism Destroys Fake News

A hearty handclap to the Dutch journalist who obliterated the bullshit of U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra.

Hoekstra, a former Congressman from Michigan, was interviewed at the U.S. capitol a few days ago by a Dutch journalist about anti-Muslim comments he made in 2015. To quote a Huffington Post story about the remarks:

That year Hoekstra spoke on a panel called “Muslim Migration Into Europe: Eurabia Come True?” at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Restoration Weekend. In his remarks, the onetime lawmaker from Michigan referred to refugees as “invaders,” said Muslim migrants are “the next wave of jihadists in Europe,” and denounced the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading Muslim civil rights organization, as a “front organization for Hamas.”

Hoekstra utilized the “fake news” term to describe the facts that the journalist put in his face. He took a far more confusing tone when the reporter showed him the video of the remarks he made and eventually a contrite one when he realized that he messed up badly by telling lies about the country he will be responsible for managing diplomatic relations with the United States.

This is how you fight these fabrications and NOS, the Netherlands news station responsible for hiring this man, should be commended. You come with receipts (if video is possible to bring, bring it) you don’t back down and you don’t move on until your subject has answered the question. This can also be done on social media.

Now, can we please get the same journalist to ask the MichiganCongressional delegation, specifically why Senator Gary Peters and Senator Debbie Stabenow, to answer why they supported Hoekstra for that position? Peters and Stabenow will very likely be asking the sizable Muslim-American population for their vote. They should absolutely explain why they supported a man representing the U.S. government who spun a bigoted, horseshit story about Islam throwing Europe into such chaos that the Netherlands had to establish “no-go zones.”

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