Fox News was slammed by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who called one of their terrorist experts a “complete idiot” for his inaccurate comments about Muslims in England. The commentator later apologized for his misinformation.
Steven Emerson appeared on Justice with Judge Jeanine on Sunday to talk about the threat of Islamist terrorists in Europe.
“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. And parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire.”
Of course, the statement was blatantly false. The U.K. Office for National Statistics say that Birmingham is about 22 percent Muslim, far from the 100 percent claimed by the expert speaker.
David Cameron’s reaction to the Fox News contributor was pure shock, according to TPM.
“When I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fool’s Day. [T]his guy is clearly a complete idiot.”
He later added, “[W]hat he should do is actually look at Birmingham and see what a fantastic example it is of bringing people together of different faiths, different backgrounds and actually building a world-class, brilliant city with a great and strong economy.”
MSNBC reports that the host of the Fox News show, Jeanine Pirro, went along with Emerson’s statements without a hint of doubt.
“You know what it sounds like to me, Steve? It sounds like a caliphate within a particular country.”
Still, neither David Cameron nor the Fox News host questioned the idea that there are fundamentalist Muslim police officers enforcing dress codes in London. Emerson’s apologies also left that issue open.
“I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. My comments about Birmingham were totally in error.”
At least Fox News viewers can take the London comments for truth and pack extra burqas when traveling to England.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Fox News took another major hit to its credibility, when the cable news channel was caught editing the substance out of a report about GMOs for the sake of Monsanto. Monsanto threatened Fox with high-priced lawyers, forcing them to fire the reporters who made the article.
For the sake of the network’s legitimacy as a news source, Fox will likely vet its experts with a little more scrutiny in the future.
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