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Friday, 23 January 2015

#FoxNewsFacts… Fair and Balanced: Fox News Facing Lawsuit from Paris

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“Terrifying photo of how a typical Muslim from Birmingham guards the city gates against infidels. #foxnewsfacts

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While many Europeans responded to Fox News’ guests’ patently false reports about Muslim “no-go” zones with humour, Paris’ mayor says it’s no laughing matter and that she’ll take the network to court. Mayor Anne Hidalgo says Fox News’ recent incorrect reports about the city’s Muslim population went too far and that she’s going to sue the network. Hidalgo told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, “When we’re insulted … then, I think we’ll have to sue. I think we’ll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed. The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honour of Paris has been prejudiced”. When Amanpour asked which specific network the city would target, Hidalgo responded, “Fox News, that’s the name”. Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman assured the BBC that Hidalgo was “definitely serious” about the suit, saying, “We have our legal advisers working on the case. We’re looking under which jurisdiction to bring the case, Paris or New York”.

No-Go Zones? No Such Thing

Fox News pundits claimed on-air that whole areas of European cities, and Paris in particular, contained “no-go zones”… areas that were essentially under Muslim control, where non-Muslims and police wouldn’t enter. Nolan Peterson told Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, “There are basically neighbourhoods where French Muslims have coalesced because they can’t find housing or economic opportunity within the major French cities”. Peterson, introduced as a “journalist and veteran”, claimed there were 741 such zones in Paris alone.

“We Deeply Regret the Errors”

American and European media outlets roundly criticised and mocked the claims, as they had no basis in fact. The backlash was so strong that several Fox News shows aired apologies for the comments. On Saturday, Fox News anchor Julie Banderas said in one of four on-air apologies Fox issued, “To be clear, there’s 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”. Paris wasn’t the only target of Fox News misinformation. The network also had to apologise for claims made by guest Steve Emerson, who claimed that the entire city of Birmingham, England was “totally Muslim”. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said, “When I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge, and I thought it must be April Fools’ Day”, adding that the commentator was “clearly an idiot”. Later, Emerson apologised, saying that he’d made “an inexcusable error”. Fox Executive Vice President for News Michael Clemente responded to Mayor Hidalgo’s lawsuit threat with a statement, “We empathise with the citizens of France as they go through a healing process and return to everyday life. However, we find the mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit misplaced”.

Laughter is the Best Revenge

Many responded to the “no-go zones” reports with comedy, and Twitter users added their contributions to the conversation under the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts. French satirical show Le Petit Journal shot back with a parody of two terrified Fox News reporters in Paris, including an encounter with “a very dangerous couscous”.

21 January 2015

Sputnik International

http://us.sputniknews.com/us/20150121/1013530225.html

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Editor:

Fox News is so inaccurate that it borders on insanity to trust its veracity. Amongst Russian Orthodox people, the konvertsy actually believe the fluff broadcast by these idiots (they also believe that the pro-war and pro-death penalty GOP is “Pro-Life”). After all, too many of them take Rush Limboob and Sarah Palin at face value. Believing in the Tea Party and believing in Fox News are delusions like unto one another. After all, they believe that Willard Romney was a great patriot… when he sat out the Vietnam War on a bogus clergy deferment bought n’ paid for by his gazillionaire daddy… not only a Chicken Hawk, but also one who mooned every veteran in the USA by his chickenshit cowardice (you can’t deny that Willy didn’t serve in the forces at a time of war).

As for Muslims, everyone knows where I stand. Most of the bullshit out there about them is utter nonsense; those who repeat it and take credence in it are either evil or stupid (more probably the latter). I’d say, “Don’t fear the evil… they’re obvious… but do fear the stupid, for they’re impenetrable and impervious to fact”. Pass the jug…

BMD

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