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
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
â€” Peter Moore (@petermoore) January 11, 2015
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
â€” Dave/Dim (@dimspace) January 11, 2015
â€” Sarah M (@sazza_jay) January 11, 2015
â€” The Poke (@ThePoke) January 11, 2015
â€” Yasmin Gooner (@Yasmin_Gooner) January 12, 2015
â€” Clara Benn (@MsClara) January 11, 2015
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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Pelosi Delivers Brutal Response After McCarthy’s Acting Replacement Orders Her to Vacate Her Office Immediately
Within hours of Kevin McCarthy being ousted as Speaker of the House late Tuesday afternoon, his hand-picked acting successor, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), ordered Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi to vacate her Capitol Hill offices “by tomorrow.”
McHenry, whose title technically now is “Speaker Pro Tempore,” is a staunch McCarthy ally who worked diligently behind the scenes in January to help the now-former Speaker get elected on the fifteenth attempt, had an aide issue the order.
“‘Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,’ wrote a top aide on the Republican-controlled House Administration Committee,” Politico reported Tuesday night. “The room was being reassigned by the acting speaker ‘for speaker office use,’ the email said.”
Politico adds that “House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staff helped Pelosi’s office make the move, according to a spokesperson for the former speaker.”
Pelosi, who was honored with the title “Speaker Emerita” in 2022 by the House Steering and Policy Committee in an effort to help unite the House, did not vote for or against McCarthy’s ouster. She remained in California to attend the funeral of her friend and colleague, the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
But Pelosi, the first and only woman Speaker of the House, who served from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023, did not take McHenry’s order lying down.
“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol,” Pelosi said in a statement, according to Politico’s Nicholas Wu. “Sadly, because I am in California to mourn the loss of and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time.”
“This eviction is a sharp departure from tradition. As Speaker, I gave former Speaker Hastert a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished,” She noted.
“Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems important to them,” Pelosi added. “Now that the new Republican Leadership has settled this important matter, let’s hope they get to work on what’s truly important to the American people.”
‘Radical Left Marxists’: Trump Launches Attack Hours After Judge Imposes Gag Order
Just hours after New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron imposed a limited gag order and directed Donald Trump to remove his social media post targeting and attacking, by name, the judge’s law clerk, the ex-president Tuesday evening issued an attack targeting the legal system, and apparently, by extension, Attorney General Letitia James.
Judge Engoron’s Tuesday order barred Trump from “posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” as Politico reported. The judge’s gag order did not extend to any officer of the court, witnesses, or anyone else involved in Attorney General James’ $250 million civil fraud case against Trump.
“Consider this statement a gag order forbidding all parties from posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” Engoron said Tuesday afternoon. “Failure to abide by this order will result in serious sanctions.”
Judge Engoron had announced in court: “This morning one of the defendants posted to his social media account a disparaging, untrue and personally identifying post about a member of my staff.”
“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate and I will not tolerate them in any circumstances,” Engoron added.
Politico described Trump’s social media post as “a message alleging [the law clerk] ‘is running this case against me.’ The message was pulled from an account on X with fewer than 200 followers. Trump then linked to an Instagram account for Greenfield’s campaign for a judgeship in Manhattan civil court.”
“’How disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately!!’ Trump added. He also posted a photo of her alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and referred to her as ‘Schumer’s girlfriend.'”
And while the judge ordered the social media post taken down, there’s nothing that can be done about the email blast Trump sent to “millions” of his supporters that included the post, as The New York Times reported.
Tuesday evening, despite having already been given one gag order, Trump appeared to tear into the legal system and Attorney General Letitia James in a series of false claims.
After claiming James’ civil lawsuit against him was unconstitutional and election interference, Trump wrote the decision to apply that statute to him “was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know.”
“It is so unfair that I am being tried under Section 63(12), which is unconstitutionally being used to punish me because I am substantially leading Crooked Joe Biden in the polls,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “It is a Consumer Protection Statute, and not meant, at all, for Election Interference purposes, which is what this is all about! Under this Section of the law, I am not even entitled to a JURY (there is no checking of a box alternative!).This was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
As The New Yorker reported last week, the law Trump is referring to was “passed at the behest of one of” James’ “Republican predecessors, Jacob Javits.”
‘Terrorist Attacks’: Murphy and Cornyn Slam House GOPers Over McCarthy Ouster
After U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and seven of fellow far-right House Republicans voted to oust their own Speaker of the House for supporting a bipartisan vote to keep the federal government of the United States from a shutdown, a powerful Senate Republican and Democrat are both strongly denouncing the work of the few GOP extremists who toppled Kevin McCarthy.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a hard-core Republican of Texas and a former member of the Senate Republican leadership team, blasted the eight House Republicans for their “terrorist attack,” and warned it will happen again.
“We saw a similar thing happen to Boehner, Ryan, and now McCarthy. I’m sure the next speaker is going to be subjected to the same terrorist attacks,” Senator Cornyn said, according to HuffPost’s Igor Bobic.
Responding to a Texas radio talk show host from his official social media account, Sen. Cornyn added, “A handful [of] House members just want to blow up the institution and themselves in the process. Sad.”
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) called the ouster “a deeply embarrassing moment for America. A consequence of a Republican Party that has become so radicalized that it can no longer function as an organized political party.”
“Nobody should be rooting for this circus,” added Sen. Murphy in video recorded as he watched the House voting to remove McCarthy as Speaker. He warned that the ouster of McCarthy will now take the House away from the critical work of keeping the government open after November 17, “instead of working on a budget.” And he warned that no new funds to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war have been authorized.
“These are life and death stakes,” Murphy said, lamenting this “makes us look so weak and foolish around the world.”
Let me tell you about the real world consequences of Kevin McCarthy’s ouster as Speaker. No one should celebrate this day. This level of dysfunction is terrible for America. pic.twitter.com/7NsQrz7Pro
— Chris Murphy 🟧 (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 3, 2023
Watch Sen. Murphy’s remarks above or at this link.
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