Fox News really outdid itself last week, when terrorism “expert” Steven Emerson told anchor Jeanine Pirro that parts of Europe have been totally taken over by Muslim extremists. “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,” said Emerson as a terrified-looking Pirro nodded along. Unsurprisingly, the segment became the subject of online ridicule, and Emerson soon apologized for his absurd claim. Now Fox has done the same.
“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,” said anchor Julie Banderas on Saturday night. “Now, 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.”
Banderas added that Fox “deeply regrets” the mistake, though probably not as much as we regret having to think about it at all.