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Amsterdammer tackles Fox News

A 25-year-old man from Amsterdam has placed a video on YouTube putting United States television station Fox News in its place. In an edition of The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News called the Netherlands a disaster area where everything that is 'reprehensible ' - drugs, sex, euthanasia, same-sex marriage - had become the norm.

Amsterdam was labelled a 'cesspool of corruption, prostitution and crime' in the programme.

The Amsterdammer, Robert Nieuwenhuijs, a former student at the city's Film Academy, took up the challenge. The video he placed on YouTube in response to the O'Reilly slurs attracted almost 200,000 viewers in only five days.

'I just couldn't accept Amsterdam being be portrayed in such a negative way', he said in Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool. 'There's been so much negative news on Amsterdam in international media, I thought it just had to stop'.

Click on the YouTube clip below to see Mr Nieuwenhuijs's response (this clip includes original footage of The O'Reilly Show).

 

 

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