UK Prime Minister Cameron Calls Fox News Terrorism ‘Expert’ a “Complete Idiot”
Britain’s conservative prime minister called a terrorism ‘expert’ on America’s dominant right-wing news network a “complete idiot” for making completely untrue remarks about the failure of multiculturalism in the UK.
A Fox News report on Sunday asserted that there are “hundreds of no-go zones” in Europe that are “off-limits to non-Muslims.” Guest Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, claimed “Muslim religious police” in London “beat and seriously wound anyone who doesn’t dress according to… religious Muslim attire”.
Emerson also said that the entire city of Birmingham, Britain’s second-largest city, is “totally Muslim.”
David Cameron, Britain’s Conservative prime minister, took notice of Emerson’s deceitful commentary and took the rare step of publicly refuting the American network’s report.
“This guy is clearly a complete idiot,” Cameron told ITV News. “When I heard this, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fool’s Day.”
“What he should do is look at Birmingham and see what a fantastic example it is of bringing people together of different faiths, different backgrounds,” the prime minister added.
Birmingham City Councillor James McKay told the BBC that his city is “incredibly diverse.”
“That’s one of the things that makes us brilliant,” said McKay. “All this fuss is a reminder of how it’s always best to check your facts before getting into a debate.”
He added: “Maybe Fox News could come and visit some time, and see for themselves what a great city we have here?”
According to the 2011 census, Birmingham is home to 494,358 Christians, 234,411 Muslims, 32,376 Sikhs, 22,362 Hindus and 2,205 Jews, as well as more than 200,000 non-religious residents.
Emerson later apologized “to all the residents of Birmingham” for his false remarks, calling it a “beautiful city” and announcing he would make a donation to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He admitted that he “made an egregious error here in not doing my homework.”
But the damage had been done, and the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts quickly trended on Twitter.
Salim Kassam tweeted that, “After much lobbying from jihadists, [Birmingham] band Duran Duran is to change their name to Quran Quran. #FoxNewsFacts.”
Lewis Bush tweeted a photo of the old Mecca Theater, with the caption, “Mecca Bingo, probable proof of the Islamic domination of Birmingham according to #foxnewsfacts.”
Another Twitter user posted a photo of a car with a cloth covering roughly resembling a burqa, with the caption, “You’re only allowed to drive like this if you’re a Muslim woman #foxnewsfacts.”
Yet another user Tweeted a photo of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a kerchief, with the caption, “Legislation passed in Islamified Britain forcing the Queen of England to don a traditional headscarf #FoxNewsFacts.”
Bedfordshire resident James Gleave, noting Emerson’s apology, tweeted, “The Fox News guy has apologised and called the city of Birmingham ‘beautiful’. The guy can’t get anything right, can he? #FoxNewsFacts”