People Unclear

This is number 32

I never saw this coming, but apparently “Fake News” has become a cottage industry in American politics. A recent posting on CNN Politics shows the level to which this technology has developed:

US ambassador denies own comments, then denies denial

(CNN)  The new US ambassador to the Netherlands lied twice to a Dutch news crew about 2015 comments he made saying the country was in chaos because of Muslims.

“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,” said now-US ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra in 2015 at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 2015 Restoration Weekend.
When the reporter asked Hoekstra about those comments, the Ambassador denied making such remarks. He said, “That is actually an incorrect statement; we would call it fake news, I never said that.”The reporter then played back the Ambassador’s 2015 comments extracted from a video made at the time. He said to the Ambassador, “”You call it fake news. Obviously.” Ambassador Hoekstra’s response takes your breath away. “I didn’t call that fake news. I didn’t use the words today. I didn’t think I did.”

People, this is United States Grade A Prime Fake News. This shows how it’s done in grand style

  • First you say it.
  • Then you say that saying you said it is fake news.
  • Then you say that your having said it is fake news is, itself, fake news.

People, it does not get much better than this. Obviously Ambassador Hoekstra has missed another fine point in all this, that fine point being plausible deniability. When you set out to invoke Fake News, be sure you have your backside covered. Be sure of two things:

  • There are no videos.
  • Your audience does not have a copy of the videos.

That’s what it takes to do really good Fake News. Following are some out-takes from  the video. It’s entertainment for all the world brought to you courtesy of the United States Government.

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