On Saturday night, hell became a little too nippy for Satan after Fox News profusely apologized for telling blatant lies about Muslims on the air.
Fox host Jeanine Pirro apologized to the UK city of Birmingham for false claims made by terrorism “expert” Steve Emerson. Emerson asserted that there are cities that are 100 percent Muslim and that police are so frightened to go into them that the areas have been declared “no-go zones.” He also claimed that there are Muslim religious police who run around the country beating people who aren’t living by Islam.
Pirro correctly pointed out that Birmingham is actually only 20 percent Muslim, and admitted the “expert” and the network were wrong to say such bald-faced lies.
Then a more formal apology was delivered by Julie Banderas, because apparently the conservative propaganda machine had to find someone with a lesser profile than Bill O’Reilly or Megyn Kelly to admit Fox News screwed up.
Anyway, here’s what Banderas said.
“Over the course of this last week we have made some regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe – particularly with regard to England and France. This applies especially to discussions of so-called ‘No Go Zones’ areas where non-Muslims allegedly aren’t allowed in and police supposedly won’t go.
To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country… and no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion. There are certainly areas of high crime in Europe as there are in the United States and other countries – where police and visitors enter with caution. We deeply regret the errors and apologize to any and all who may have taken offense including the people of France and England.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
In addition to these two apologies, Fox & Friends host Anna Kooiman and Fox anchor Eric Shawn also issued on air apologies for misinformation presented as truth by the network.
However, this day of apologies didn’t stop yet another so-called terrorism “expert” from making similar claims on Fox during an interview with Neil Cavuto on Friday. Wayne Simmons also perpetuated the debunked myth that there are “no-go zones” across Europe that are under the total control of Muslims. He also repeated a claim often made by right-wing Islamophobes that there are 19 Muslim paramilitary facilities in the United States training extremists to strike American targets.
Perhaps Fox News should also apologize for that ridiculous claim, as well as the multiple lies the network has propagated over the years in an effort to drum up hatred of liberals and President Obama. Or an apology to Dish Network for falsely accusing them of censorship? Or an apology for all the Ebola lies? Of course, Fox hosts would probably have to spend days, if not weeks, apologizing on the air for every nugget of misinformation it has spread in America since 1996 when it first poisoned the airwaves. Such a formal apology for this never-ending slander is long overdue, but I suspect that hell would not only permanently freeze over if this did occur, every conservative head in the nation would also explode simultaneously.
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