It’s not only on the topic of President Trump that the mainstream media engages in fake news.
They’re so desperate to regain an audience, that outlets like NBC will say just about anything, regardless of whether or not it’s true.
Such was the case when NBC’s biggest star, Katie Couric, decided to opine, live on air, about why athletes from The Netherlands win so many Olympic medals in speed skating.
In her report, Couric said:
“It is probably not a news flash to tell you the Dutch are really, really good at speed skating. All but five of the 110 medals they’ve won have been on the speed skating oval. Now, ‘Why are they so good?’ you may be asking yourselves. Because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam which sits at sea level. As you all know, it has lots of canals that can freeze in the winters. So, for as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to race each other, and also to have fun.”
This, of course, is ludicrous.
While the big canals in cities like Amsterdam do sometimes freeze, and when they do local Dutch do skate on them, it is a very rare occurrence.
And, on those rare and short-lived occasions, the Dutch are NOT using the canals as skating roadways to their jobs.
Indeed, if it’s cold enough for the canals to actually freeze (they’re rather large and deep bodies of water, so don’t freeze easily), most folks probably have the day off work.
At any rate, it was an enormous and hilarious mistake, and Dutch Twitter users couldn’t stop making fun of Couric and the fake news that today permeates America.
In summer us Dutch swim to work and grocery store via the canals. You'll hear that next summer Olympics.
— Jos Duijvestein 🇳🇱 (@JosDuijvestein) February 10, 2018
This is true, this is me skating to work at the cheese factory last friday pic.twitter.com/otHRmDSeys
— Thomas Hogeling (@ThomasHogeling) February 11, 2018
This is business class in the Netherlands! pic.twitter.com/GW81YYoAeP
— Miss Little Bean (@EllenBoontje1) February 11, 2018
Rush Hour in the Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/RRpDBV9pDX
— DirkJanMoedt (@moedtdj) February 11, 2018
— Tien (@queentien75) February 11, 2018