It must be a pretty terrible feeling to know that you went onto Fox News and said something so completely idiotic that the entire world took the time to make fun of you. On a network renown for its terrible opinions and inane guests and hosts, Fox’s terrorism “expert” Steven Emerson emerged as the clear front runner as the dumbest of them all.
During a segment on the terrorist attack in Paris, Fox News brought on Emerson to lecture the country on how they and other countries in Europe may have brought this attack on themselves by tolerating Muslims.
And before you think lecturing a country that has just experienced a devastating attack before the victims have even been buried by victim-blaming lacks class, just remember France did the same to America after September 11, right?
Nope. They showered the country with support and love.
Fox News took a different route. Emerson announced that much of Europe was being systematically taken over by Muslims, so of course they would be attacked by terrorists. To prove that point, he noted that the English city of Birmingham was “totally Muslim” and that non-Muslims did not enter.
Watch Fox host Judge Pirro’s face freeze up as she tries not to cringe while Emerson goes off the rails:
“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.”
In other places in England, roving bands of “Muslim religious police” wander the streets savagely beating anyone who doesn’t “dress according to religious Muslim attire.”
Rather than call Emerson on it, Pirro actually agrees with him, somberly concluding that what he described sounds like a “caliphate” within England.
But here’s the thing: Every single sentence Emerson just said is completely and utterly false. A noxious mix of xenophobic stupidity and outright dishonesty. And unlike the more vague lies that Fox typically trades in, this one can be objectively disproven easily. Is Birmingham completely Muslim?
No. According to publicly available census data that Emerson didn’t bother to look up, Birmingham is 20% Muslim, and a majority of residents are Christian – hardly a burgeoning caliphate in the heart of Great Britain. Nor so, does England allow Muslim residents to systematically assault non-Muslims in the streets.
Thankfully, the rest of the world wasn’t as kind to Emerson as Pirro, taking to twitter with the hashtag “#FoxNewsFacts” people from England and beyond mocked the sheer stupidity of his words. The hashtag quickly became one of the top trending topics on Twitter.
All Birmingham restaurants are obliged to serve food “Allah Carte” #foxnewsfacts
— Keir Shiels (@keirshiels) January 11, 2015
In Birmingham you can now only play The Beatles “Halal You Need Is Love” remastered version in public places #FoxNewsFacts
— Emily Davis (@EmilyZDavis) January 11, 2015
According to UK writer Chris Stokel-Walker, Emerson is aware that he is the laughingstock of the world and apparently feels kind of bad about going on Fox News.
— Chris Stokel-Walker (@stokel) January 11, 2015
It’s pretty clear that the “sources” he had relied on were bogus. That seems par for the course for Emerson, who first became known for his terrorism “expertise” after he concluded that the Oklahoma City Bombing was definitely done by a Saudi-based jihadist group– right up until the moment police caught right-wing white American, Timothy McVeigh.
This is what passes as an “expert” on Fox News.