GeenStijl is one of the largest news sites in the Netherlands. It is immensely popular, and up until now I had always assumed it was a freedom-friendly site like so many others in the right-of-center European blogosphere.
Our expatriate Dutch correspondent H. Numan disabused me of this notion today with his report on the latest journalistic behavior on display at GeenStijl:
A few days ago a fellow writer noticed GeenStijl or PowNed or both aren’t rightwing at all.
Rutger Castricum was present at Wilders’ trial. He produced a piece of TV journalism that wouldn’t be out of place in North Korea. Only supporters of Wilders fitting the stereotype were shown. Especially if they would behave accordingly. The stereotypical PVV supporter is supposed to be white trailer trash. Anything not fitting the politically correct picture was not shown.
A truly nasty piece of journalism, and utterly unexpected.
He was banned from GeenStijl and related sites immediately.
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The ban was officially lifted, but it still seems to be in place. Others who supported him were and are banned. No reason given.
I occasionally post a comment on GeenStijl, too. This morning I posted a link to an offending article about GeenStijl at HVV. Three hours later it was gone. No reason given.
Read the articles. You can rest assured GeenStijl is there for the money. Nothing else. The money comes from the government. The government doesn’t want Wilders.
GeenStijl acts as if it is conservative right, but I am almost certain it is at best a mercenary.