#FoxNewsFacts Trends Worldwide After Fox ‘Expert’ Completely Makes Up Fake Story
Fox News is now officially the laughing stock of the entire worldÂ â€“ 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.Â
And now, Fox News has been caughtÂ â€“ red-handed.
Terrorism “expert” Steve Emerson on Fox News this week spread the false claim that the city of Birmingham, EnglandÂ â€“ that country’s second most-populousÂ â€“ 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 thatÂ 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,Â “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,Â telling Sean Hannity, “I think Europe is finished.”
This mockery of facts follows in the footsteps of Rupert Murdoch â€“Â the founder andÂ Executive Chairman ofÂ News Corp, the international parent company of Fox NewsÂ â€“ 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 andÂ derogatory.
Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.
â€” Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015
Fox News also came under attack this past week, whenÂ hostÂ Shannon Bream blurted out an ugly, racist commentaryÂ 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 â€“ as if that were less racist.Â “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, toÂ 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
â€” Dan Murphy (@bungdan) January 11, 2015
In Birmingham, the local death squads go by the name of Quran Quran. #foxnewsfacts pic.twitter.com/xHXFtPUHxZ
â€” David Jack (@DamJef) January 11, 2015
One Direction was named to remind people in Birmingham that they may only pray towards Mecca. #FoxNewsFacts
â€” LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) January 12, 2015
Birmingham City Mosque is among the tallest and most sacred in all Islam. #FoxNewsFacts pic.twitter.com/4DPUoaz6CV
â€” Peter Moore (@petermoore) January 11, 2015
Even buildings wear burkas in Birmingham #FoxNewsFacts pic.twitter.com/LpqzvxxL2q
â€” Paul Connolly (@PaulConnolly10) January 11, 2015
The city is now called Birming because Ham is not halal. #foxnewsfacts
â€” Kamila Shamsie (@kamilashamsie) January 11, 2015
A little tip for our american friends, its pronounced worst-sharia sauce.. #foxnewsfacts pic.twitter.com/zBbHGrcGb2
â€” Dave/Dim (@dimspace) January 11, 2015
Legislation passed in Islamified Britain forcing the Queen of England to don a traditional headscarf #FoxNewsFacts pic.twitter.com/yT0CTRTpi8
â€” Sarah M (@sazza_jay) January 11, 2015
A quick reminder about on-screen diversity at Fox News #foxnewsfacts pic.twitter.com/XE7tSHw2p9
â€” The Poke (@ThePoke) January 11, 2015
Muslim cats are expected to wear a hijab too #foxnewsfacts pic.twitter.com/EhBXECyoOa
â€” Yasmin Gooner (@Yasmin_Gooner) January 12, 2015
British citizens respond to new sharia laws ordering hijabs on tableware, with flair and imagination. #foxnewsfacts pic.twitter.com/2No2vk8IRq
â€” Clara Benn (@MsClara) January 11, 2015
You’re only allowed to drive like this if you’re a Muslim woman #foxnewsfacts pic.twitter.com/qroQ5wHuj1
â€” Yasmin Gooner (@Yasmin_Gooner) January 11, 2015
#FoxNewsFacts Birmingham, Alabama is the next Birmingham to get Sharia law. Because Obama.
â€” 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.Â
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Dominion Wins ‘Blockbuster Victories’ Against Fox News – Last Legal Issue Will Be Decided by a Jury: Report
Dominion Voting Systems won what are being called “blockbuster victories” Friday afternoon when a judge ruled the company suing Fox News for $1.6 billion in a major defamation lawsuit had met its burden of proof that Rupert Murdoch‘s far-right wing cable channel had repeatedly made false statements.
The final, and likely greatest legal issue Dominion will have to prove will be actual malice. That issue will be decided in a jury trial, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis ruled Friday, according to Law & Crime.
Unlike previous cases, Fox News will reportedly not be able to argue the on-air statements its personalities made were opinion.
CNN legal analyst and Brookings senior fellow Norm Eisen calls Friday’s decision a “huge win for Dominion on their summary judgment motion against Fox News.”
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“Dominion won partial summary judgement that what Fox said about them was false! Now they just have to prove actual malice and damages,” Eisen says. “Meanwhile Fox’s motion was totally denied.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, an MSNBC contributor adds: “Dominion’s evidence Fox made false statements with reckless disregard is as strong as any I’ve seen.”
The judge was very clear in his ruling.
“While the Court must view the record in the light most favorable to Fox, the record does not show a genuine issue of material fact as to falsity,” Judge Davis wrote. “Through its extensive proof, Dominion has met its burden of showing there is no genuine issue of material fact as to falsity. Fox therefore had the burden to show an issue of material fact existed in turn. Fox failed to meet its burden.”
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Attorney and MSNBC host and legal analyst Katie Phang points to this key passage in Judge Davis’ ruling.
Dominion has won the argument on the issue of falsity, meaning that as the Court funds below, “it is CRYSTAL clear that none of the Statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true.” pic.twitter.com/7lKEspN0WI
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) March 31, 2023
Court watchers and news junkies are familiar at this point with the massive legal filings Dominion has made in which it exposed how Fox News knowingly made false statements regarding the 2020 presidential election. Those filings, each hundreds of pages, also detail internal Fox News communications and bombshell conversations between the company’s top personalities, executives, and even Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Capitol Police Issue Warning Over Possible Trump Protests ‘Across the Country’
The U.S. Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant at Arms on Friday jointly issued a statement warning they “anticipate” Trump protests across the country. The statement is not time-specific, and it states it has no information on “credible threats,” but some Democratic offices are allowing staffers to work from home Friday and Tuesday.
“The Sergeant at Arms and United States Capitol Police (USCP) anticipate demonstration activity across the country related to the indictment of former President Trump. While law enforcement is not tracking any specific, credible threats against the Capitol or state offices, there is potential for demonstration activity. USCP is working with law enforcement partners, so you may observe a greater law enforcement presence on Capitol Hill,” the statement reads.
“The SAA and USCP are monitoring the potential nationwide impacts to Senate state offices,” it adds.
The House Sergeant at Arms was conspicuously absent from the statement. Speaker Kevin McCarthy has control over that office.
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Additionally, Axios is reporting, “several House Democrats are allowing staffers to work from home as a safety precaution,” noting that “the memory of Trump supporters ransacking the Capitol on Jan. 6 is still fresh on the mind.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is allowing staff to work from home for safety reasons. She told Axios, “I don’t ever want to see a Jan. 6 again.”
“I’ve been in the Trump hate tunnel, Donald Trump has gone after me, and quite frankly I don’t have security. I don’t have entourages.”
She’s not the only Democrat to raise concerns.
“Much of the language from the former President and his devotees is similar to what inspired Jan. 6th,” U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips said. “I’m concerned about safety for my colleagues and my staff.”
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Meanwhile, House Republicans are issuing full-throated support for Trump and calling for protests.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who was called out by name in a six-page letter Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg sent to Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan Friday morning, announced she will be in New York on Tuesday to support Trump when he is arraigned. She has posted several tweets since Trump was indicted.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy issued a statement Thursday seemingly designed to gin up rage and action in the MAGA base.
“Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election. As he routinely frees violent criminals to terrorize the public, he weaponized our sacred system of justice against President Donald Trump. The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.”
Image by Elvert Barnes via Flickr and a CC license
Trump Trial Could Go Well Into the 2024 Election – Or Possibly Even Past It: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump, and all of America, could spend the next 18 months – or longer – engrossed in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s trial of the ex-president, and that could bring the trial close to Election Day.
That’s according to a former prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, Charles Coleman, who is now a civil rights attorney and MSNBC legal analyst.
Asked by MSNBC’s Chris Jansing, “How long typically might a case like this take?” Coleman offered a two-tiered answer.
“A case like this is usually going to take a year or a year and a half,” Coleman said.
That could be through September of 2024.
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“Wow,” a surprised Jansing replied. “So it’s going right up into the campaign.”
“Absolutely,” agreed Coleman. “But it’s important to understand I said a case ‘like this.’ This particular case, I expect may take longer because I am anticipating a number of different legal maneuvers by Donald Trump’s defense team.”
That theoretically means into October of 2024, or longer.
“I do see motions to dismiss at a number of different terms, more likely than not to the point that the judge probably will ultimately end up admonishing them and telling them stop filing motions to dismiss. I think that that’s going to happen,” Coleman explained.
“I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, I do believe that we are going to see an attempt to try to change the venue, in this case outside of somewhere in the five boroughs. All of that is going to extend the time deeper and deeper into election season.”
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Reuters agrees, reporting Friday morning, “any potential trial is still at minimum more than a year away, legal experts said, raising the possibility that the former U.S. president could face a jury in a Manhattan courtroom during or even after the 2024 presidential campaign, as he seeks a return to the White House.”
And because “Trump’s case is far from typical,” Reuters notes, his trial could extend “past Election Day in November 2024.”
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