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Mon Jan 12, 2015, 12:49 PM

UK Prime Minister on Fox News 'Expert:' "Clearly a Complete Idiot"

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/01/12/3610608/fox-terrorism-expert-calls-britains-second-largest-city-totally-muslim-uk-prime-minister-calls-him-a-complete-idiot/

UK Prime Minister Shames Fox News Expert For Islam Bashing

BY JACK JENKINS POSTED ON JANUARY 12, 2015 AT 11:29 AM

CREDIT: FOX NEWS
Citizens in the United Kingdom — including Prime Minister David Cameron — are expressing frustration with Saturday’s episode of the Fox News show Justice with Judge Jeanine, blasting one of the show’s guests for making wildly inaccurate claims about Islam and a British city.

In a segment meant to discuss “no-go zones” — or regions in Europe that are supposedly off-limits to non-Muslims — host Jeanine Pirro called on guest Steven Emerson, a Fox News terrorism “expert” whose career is riddled with hyperbolic claims, inaccurate reporting, and even suspicious financial arrangements. After riffing on “no-go zones” as “a country within a country,” Emerson specifically cited the British city of Birmingham as home to a population that is “totally Muslim.”
“And 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,” he said. “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. So there’s a situation that Western Europe is not dealing with.”

Check out a video of the exchange — complete with Pirro’s seemingly horrified reaction to Emerson’s remarks — below:

Unfortunately for Emerson, almost all of his claims are either unsubstantiated or wildly inaccurate. Birmingham’s Muslim population is large, but still doesn’t even make up a quarter of the city: according to the 2011 UK census, 21.8 percent of Birmingham is Muslim, compared to 46.1 percent that are Christian and 19.3 percent that don’t identify with any religion. Emerson’s assertion that Birmingham’s Muslim population is “a country within a country” is also dubious, and vague descriptions of “Muslim religious police” who “beat” and “wound seriously” people in London is unprovable without specific examples.

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Reply UK Prime Minister on Fox News 'Expert:' "Clearly a Complete Idiot" (Original post)
Hissyspit Jan 2015 OP
FSogol Jan 2015 #1
Doctor_J Jan 2015 #2
Fred Sanders Jan 2015 #3
T_i_B Jan 2015 #8
Skittles Jan 2015 #4
libdem4life Jan 2015 #5
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2015 #6
47of74 Jan 2015 #7
nichomachus Jan 2015 #9
Douglas Carpenter Jan 2015 #10
Duval Jan 2015 #11
BrightKnight Jan 2015 #12

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 12:55 PM

1. K & R. n/t

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Mon Jan 12, 2015, 01:06 PM

2. Rec. Why do none of our reps speak this truth, ever?

 

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 02:24 PM

3. Why do our politicians not speak the same truth to these vicious hateful lies?

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 03:59 PM

8. This is the UK's 2nd city

If David Cameron doesn't condemn it. He loses many votes, and much of those votes will be in marginal areas the Tories cannot afford to lose control of.

The sort of fuckwits who might believe this shite will already be supporting far-right parties such as the BNP, English Democrats and UKIP.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 02:47 PM

4. CLEARLY to US

NOT SO CLEARLY TO IDIOTS

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Jan 12, 2015, 03:01 PM

5. Saw this sign on a little rural church today. "The less one knows, the more they believe they are

 

right."

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Mon Jan 12, 2015, 03:17 PM

6. This makes perfect sense to a FOX "News" viewer....

 

They are told Liberals are too damn tolerant of Muslims who saw their weakness and took over.

Thank GOD Republicans won't let that happen here.

Right?

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Mon Jan 12, 2015, 03:19 PM

7. It would do the President & Congressional Democrats....

...good to grow a fucking spine and talk about Faux News dumb fucks like that.

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Mon Jan 12, 2015, 04:07 PM

9. Takes one to know one. n/t

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Mon Jan 12, 2015, 04:17 PM

10. knr

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Mon Jan 12, 2015, 04:33 PM

11. If only "some" people

 

in the USA would realize how irresponsible and crazy Fox news is, maybe they wouldn't exert so much influence.

Thanks for the post, Hissyspit! BTW, I live in Durham, NC. Would be nice to make your acquaintance.


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Mon Jan 12, 2015, 11:59 PM

12. There were heavily Muslim areas in the US neighborhood where I grew up.

I always felt safer in the Muslim areas. They were generally very civil community oriented people. I can not remember there ever being the slightest hint of tension between them and their secular or Christian neighbors.

They had a neighborhood crime watch. We also had a neighborhood crime watch.

I doubt that anyone from Faux News has ever been in a Muslim neighborhood.

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