Fox News is now officially the laughing stock of the entire world – at least on Twitter.
It was bound to happen. For years, Fox News has been presenting false "facts" to such an extreme degree that studies find Fox News viewers are less informed than people who watch no news at all.
And now, Fox News has been caught – red-handed.
Terrorism "expert" Steve Emerson on Fox News this week spread the false claim that the city of Birmingham, England – that country's second most-populous – is made up entirely of Muslims.
"In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in," Emerson, who claims to be a terrorism expert, wrongly told former judge and failed Republican politician turned Fox News host "Judge" Jeanine Pirro.
"Parts of London," Emerson continued, "there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn't dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire."
And un-satisfied with ending the spinning of his tall tale there, Emerson added that Birmingham is "where sharia courts were set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where the police don't go in, and where it's basically a separate country almost, a country within a country."
The claim was so outrageous that Twitter jumped on it, exploding with the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts in mockery. It has been trending worldwide for hours.
Jeanine Pirro, rather than question her "expert," who has appeared on her show before, agreed, telling him, and her audience, "You know what it sounds like to me, Steve? It sounds like a caliphate within a particular country."
But what's not being reported elsewhere is that Emerson spread a similar "no go zones" claim earlier this past week on Fox News, telling Sean Hannity, "I think Europe is finished."
This mockery of facts follows in the footsteps of Rupert Murdoch – the founder and Executive Chairman of News Corp, the international parent company of Fox News – tweeting an ugly attack on the Muslim community this week. Murdoch was attacked, not only for his comment, but for spelling Muslim, "Moslem," a decades-old spelling that is antiquated and derogatory.
Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015
Fox News also came under attack this past week, when host Shannon Bream blurted out an ugly, racist commentary in a discussion about the Islamic extremist terrorists who slaughtered 17 people in France.
"That's my question about these guys because if we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had, you know, ski masks on, do we even know what color they were?," Bream asked. "What the tone of their skin was," she tried to clarify – as if that were less racist. "I mean what if they didn't look like typical bad guys?"
And that followed a pre-New Year's eve social media nightmare Fox News brought upon itself, asking viewers to use the hashtag #OverIt2014, to tweet what they are "over" in 2014. Viewers took to Twitter, mocking Fox News, often claiming what they are most over in fact, is Fox News.
Understandably, Twitter once again had a great time mocking Fox News:
The original name of the show was MiddleEastEnders. The BBC dropped the "Middle" to conceal its creeping sharia agenda. #foxnewsfacts— Dan Murphy (@bungdan) January 11, 2015
One Direction was named to remind people in Birmingham that they may only pray towards Mecca. #FoxNewsFacts— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) January 12, 2015
The city is now called Birming because Ham is not halal. #foxnewsfacts— Kamila Shamsie (@kamilashamsie) January 11, 2015
#FoxNewsFacts Birmingham, Alabama is the next Birmingham to get Sharia law. Because Obama.— Adam Mordecai (@advodude) January 11, 2015
Emerson did apologize later, saying he would take out a newspaper ad and donate to a local Birmingham charity.
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