US ambassador to Netherlands describes own words as ‘fake news’

“The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.”

George Orwell, from “1984”

 

 

 

 

The first rule of politics is “deny, deny, deny.” Which is why the incredibly-positive news story I’ve featured below, headlined “US ambassador to Netherlands describes own words as ‘fake news‘ ” has a subhead which reads “New ambassador Pete Hoekstra then denied saying he’d used the phrase in interview with Dutch TV.

To let you know how just how brazen and sociopathic these people actually are, he denied saying it right after being shown a video of himself saying it.

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

In a post earlier this week, I noted that, with these folks, there’s only one Method, and it’s THE Method. They’re unvarying, unyielding, pathological. Which does not bode well for them, but is very cheering for all of the rest of us.

Now, please recognize that brazenness is one of the keys to what these people do. It’s what is described much more politely in this George Orwell quote as “firmness of purpose”:

“Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty.”

But it’s a slipping mask of trustworthiness worn by a con artist running a rapidly-collapsing “confidence game.”

I can’t figure out if this story represents the latest, last-ditch evolution of their game – “Cloud of chaos and insanity”, a la Trump’s daily, scripted grotesqueries – or if it’s becoming impossible to lie as humanity’s awareness level keeps rising.

I think it’s a little bit of the insanity-defense, but mostly “it’s all breaking down for them.”

 

 

 

 

December 22, 2017 – US ambassador to Netherlands describes own words as ‘fake news’
New ambassador Pete Hoekstra then denied saying he’d used the phrase in interview with Dutch TV

The US ambassador to the Netherlands faced an excruciating moment on television when he denied ever saying that there were no-go zones in the Netherlands, calling the suggestion “fake news”.

Trump’s new choice for ambassador, Pete Hoekstra, who was only sworn in by the vice president, Mike Pence, on 11 December, was being interviewed for current affairs programme Nieuwsuur by reporter Wouter Zwart.

Zwart says: “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.”

Hoekstra replies: “I didn’t say that. This is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news.”

Hoekstra is then shown clips of him saying: “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 burntand yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.”

Challenged about having called this “fake news”, Hoekstra then went on to deny to Zwart that he had in fact used the phrase “fake news”.

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

Hoekstra, who was born in Groningen in the Netherlands, was a Republican Congressman for Michigan between 1993 and 2011, and served as chair of the House Intelligence Committee for two years during that time.

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