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Submitted by Charles (Netherlands), Feb 8, 2010 at 15:38

I have already commented extensively on this constitutional disgrace in my country on Mr Pipes earlier blog "Why I stand with Geert Wilders" dated january 19th. See my comments if you want to know more about the backgrounds of Dutch society. I have not hold back on anything as you will see. I believe that criticism is good, and hard biting criticism is even better, to look at other sides of matters. I shall not remain silent no more.

People outside the Netherlands must realise what has been going on in this country for the last 25 years or so. And not only in the NL by the way. But over here, its been pretty bad indeed. Many people have a somewhat romantic view of this small country behind the dikes. It seems so peaceful and cosy. The land of tulips and cheese (among other things ofcourse; some would also mention drugs, porn and other 'joys of life'...).

I am however talking specifically about a real BIG problem in this country. The problem of our press actually. The Dutch press has a somewhat strange reputation over here. The few studies that have been made of its functioning have not been kind. The bottom line is that the press is seen to be about 80 to 90% centre-left ideologically. To sum it up: "Houston: we've got a problem"....

Something has gone terribly wrong, thats for shure. What about being a purely professionally unbiased profession?.. Nope. A few exceptions aside, its almost non-existend I'm afraid. The press (including tv and radio journalists) are notoriously biased and have directly contributed to the grim political and social climate in the country. And I have been following this closely the last 10 years. I have kept a close eye and ear on how news would be spread around in this country. Its appaling, compared to, let say, Germany, France and other European countries.

What is even worse, is that they have wilfully and maliciously contributed to purposely misinform and misled the Dutch public mainstream for years, by doing everything in their power to distort, contort and twist facts, statements and motives of up and coming politicians (and other interested parties), who were trying to break free of the stronghold which the politically correct and multi cultural political, academic(!) and social elite have had for many years in the Netherlands.

This resulted in a steadily growing pressure in Dutch mainstream society, which first truly exploded in 2002 with Dr. Pim Fortuyn, who was assassinated in that year, after an almost ubelievable slanderous defamationcampaign carried to almost perfect conclusion bij the Dutch press together with leading poltical rivals. Some do have blood on their hands, but, ofcourse, nobody was charged of even dismissed. In the contrary. Some even where promoted.

But even before that terrible event, ever since the eighties(!) actually, the grumbling was getting louder and louder in the low country. The stranglehold which the Dutch press nevertheless had on 'public opinion' was such, that no (or very few) discordant notes could get passed the self imposed censorship.

All in all, the comet-like rise of Mr Wilders can most certainly also be accredited to this supression in the Dutch press, which is going on right up to this day. The NL have somehow lost something along the multi cultural way. Tolerance has become intolerance. Intolerence to critical views on the multi cultural experiment. Intolerence toward dissidents and dissent altogether. Its very sad. And very dangerous.

It is this unbalance in our society which must be corrected. Dissent must be heard. If freedom means anything, it means the right to hear things other people do not want to hear. George Orwell wrote this a long time ago. Even in the Netherlands, there must be room for change.

And Dutch journalism played (and still plays) a big part in what has gone sour in our country.

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