Continued disputes over news coverage related to the terrorist attacks in Paris have forced some Fox News hosts to backtrack on assertions that France contains Muslim “no-go” zones where police cede authority to criminal gangs or Muslim clerics.
And the network ran into even more trouble with unfounded statements by
“terror expert” Steve Emerson that Birmingham, England, is completely Muslim, that there were areas police wouldn’t even enter and that some areas were patrolled by Muslim police enforcing Sharia law.
Several Fox News hosts took a moment to apologize for the controversy.
“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,” Julie Banderas said.
“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.”
However, it should be noted that influential and respected Fox contributors like conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer maintain that such “no-go zones” do exist in France — just without official designation.
In a “Special Report” discussion last week, he said that since the 2005 riots in Paris, everyone knows French police simply stay out of areas dominated by Muslim clerics or criminals.
Jeanine Pirro gave her take on it on her show “Justice With Judge Jeanine” Saturday.
“Last week on this program a guest made a serious factual error that we wrongly let stand unchallenged and uncorrected. The guest asserted that the city of Birmingham, England, is totally Muslim and that it is a place where non-Muslims don’t go. Both are incorrect,” she said.
“We deeply regret these errors and apologize to the people of Birmingham, our viewers and all who’ve been offended.”
On Fox News’ “Media Buzz,” host Howard Kurtz read Emerson’s apology on air, but also took a shot at the liberal media for blowing the situation way out of proportion.
“Speaking of mistakes by the way, several news outlets wrongly identified Emerson,” he said, “With the Huffington Post variously calling him a ‘Fox News contributor,’ ‘Fox News expert’ and ‘Fox News idiot,’ rather than just a ‘guest.’”
I wonder if these same news outlets had this level of outrage when NBC intentionally edited George Zimmerman’s take with a 911 dispatcher to make it sound like he was targeting Trayvon Martin for his race.
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