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Sssshhh - no-on tell the BBC. It will get ideas...

Couldn't happen here. Could it?

"[Dutch] Public broadcaster VARA will shortly launch a debate website intended to encourage 'progressive' views. According to Francisco van Jole, who will coordinate the site. The debate on the Internet is dominated by "right-wing loudmouths."

"There will be progressive opinions on the site," declares Van Jole, without saying how he will achieve this. He does not wish to speak of censorship, but of "editorial policy" that "will have a preventive effect on the right-wing loudmouths," he said in Trouw newspaper. Van Jole declined to say how much of VARA's government subsidy is going to the site".

On the new debating site, "all views are welcome, but not people who screw everything up," Van Jole went on. "Society's debate is now being deliberately killed off with verbal violence by people who are not at all interested in progressive ideas. Sites like Geenstijl.nl have cultivated the open sewer."

A bit of sniffing around discloses that geenstijl.nl looks to be popular, witty and sound. No wonder Van Jole hates it.


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Anonymous JuliaM said... 5:09 pm

"...verbal violence by people who are not at all interested in progressive ideas."

Those....those... philistines!

*swoons*

Van Jole's a bit of a precious bird, isn't he?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:16 pm

Shocking, eh?

Interesting link - thanks.  



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