Fox News admits ‘no-go zones’ are fantasy

For days, Fox News and its various hosts, from Bill O’Reilly to Sean Hannity, had been frightening their audience with breathless tales of Muslim-dominated “no-go zones” in Europe and potentially even the United States, where national governments had allegedly ceded sovereignty to Sharia courts.

It was an absolutely ridiculous claim, as European media took great joy in exposing:

The mockery and derision grew so overwhelming that finally, in a broadcast Saturday, Fox News was forced to address the gaping chasm between the world as they were reporting it and the world in which the rest of us actually live.

Here’s the text, as delivered by Julie Banderas:

“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. 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 there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion.”

“There are certainly areas of high crime in Europe as there are in the United States and other countries — where police and visitors enter with caution. We deeply regret the errors and apologize to any and all who may have taken offense, including the people of France and England.”

It will be interesting to see whether Hannity, O’Reilly and others address this complete and utter fabrication on their own shows, or whether they’ll leave the clean-up work to the likes of Banderas. The larger problem is, the “no-go zone” hysteria is merely one small aspect of the Fox News Islamaphobic crusade, most of which is equally irresponsible and reprehensible.

I mean, what do you say about a major news channel that puts garbage like this on air:

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pt10101
pt10101

Given that the wealthiest one percent continue to get wealthier at the expense of the 99 percent while continuing to whine about their high taxes, I think it pretty simple to deduce who covets whom's dwindling possessions. Except for the Oblivious amongst us.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@pt10101 "Why shouldn't the American people take half my money from me? I took it all from them."   

- Edward Filene, founder of Filene's Department Stores

alexander2
alexander2

@pt10101 Oblivious, possible..but your "arguement" or statement does nothing to prove your point. Which, I guess is about whining and coveting.Lots of whining on this blog, "whining central"....

alexander2
alexander2

@HeadleyLamar @pt10101 Headley please stop googling "any example that will support Jay Bookman's bias", Sheesh, think for yourself..goodness, "Filene's Dept Stores"...goodness.. NOW if it was Victoria's Secret, we would have a "valuable " example....

LeninTime
LeninTime

Anybody wanting to understand the kind of racist filth being whipped up among the dregs of society can read Twitter hashtags like #honorChrisKyle, or, they can simply read some of the comments on the Bookman blog. 

To wit:  "They (Arabs) can kill off each other all they want.  I am just concerned about American citizens that fall prey to their fanaticism."

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LeninTime @Visual_Cortex

I believe the right wing brain trust has come to believe that MM's comments somehow justify most anything they might post before, during, and after, is the reason I mention it. 

Heading upstairs.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Captain-Obvious If you libs would mind your own damned business and stop coveting that which isn't yours, maybe you could dedicate some of that free time to making more money.

***

I'd forgotten what a brainless tool you are, but you do have a way of reminding me from time to time.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Captain-Obvious @LeninTime

LT has more patiently discussed topics with those of opposing views than anyone I've ever seen posting here.

So much so I sometimes wonder why he bothers.


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Captain-Obvious @Visual_Cortex @LeninTime

It's not twisted. It's intellectually honest. 

I don't share his distopian outlook and still believe it's possible to effect positive change through legislation with the type of government we have. That's where we diverge.

fedup52
fedup52

This is for the Islmophobes to chew on.


The claim is similar to one in a 2011 report by the US government's National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC), which said: "In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97% of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years."

LeninTime
LeninTime

@kayaker71 @fedup52

That statement might be one of the filthiest right wing racist trash excretions I've ever smelled on here.

kayaker71
kayaker71

@fedup52 They can kill off each other all they want.  I am just concerned about American citizens that fall prey to their fanaticism. 

kayaker71
kayaker71

Every one of you liberals bitching about "wealth inequality", would trade places with one of those 85 people that Lenin sites in a New York minute. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@kayaker71 @Visual_Cortex

She sure looked in charge at Ebenezer yesterday. 

Is that a bad thing?

Is there some reason you felt compelled to refer to someone (apparently) leading a church service, or perhaps just delivering a sermon, as a "motherf##ker?"

I'm just wondering, because sometimes I hear about "Christian bashing" taking place here, but don't seem to know what is meant by that term. Is that what you're doing?

Brosephus
Brosephus

@kayaker71 

Don't project your wishful thinking onto those who you know absolutely nothing about.  It just makes your bitching look even more pathetic than it already does.

kayaker71
kayaker71

@Visual_Cortex @kayaker71 No, I was talking about that stalwart protector of the human experience, Bernice King.  She sure looked in charge at Ebenezer yesterday.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@kayaker71 Wrong, all it takes is one to prove you lied and I wouldn't trade places with any of them

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@kayaker71


What is lost in the translation here is that for most folks, money doesn't make for a happier existence.  Its nice to say that those who are hungry would be happier but that is a relatively small number per US Census in 2009.


You can have a nice car and be ahead of all the other "Jones" you know but character, strong children, marriage, self centeredness, and priorities in general are no different, if not worse with such amounts of money.



kayaker71
kayaker71

@Visual_Cortex @kayaker71 Even Cynthia Tucker and your favorite cartoonist Luckovich had some pretty scathing things to say about the King family, especially Bernice.  I am sure her father would be very proud. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Corporate media, I realize you have bottom lines to consider and the public good isn't uppermost in your thoughts. 

But is it really in our best interests to feature quite so prominently any PR photographs and/or videos ISIS may choose to provide, on any given day?

It seemed a reasonable question, given that some here seem upset over the way that "hottest year on record" was reported. Is feeding a troll--which, in the great security scheme of things, is about what ISIS really amounts to--always a smart thing to do?

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@LeninTime I never knew there were that many folks needing to grab them boot straps!  LOL

TBS
TBS

@LeninTime


Wealthy envy.

Figured I'd get that one out of the way. 

alexander2
alexander2

@LeninTime , Not an answer: you make a statement  and are now asked to support it ( a reference to 1789, etc. does not suffice). Let me say, personally that I don't think the incomes controlled by the CEO's are morally responsible , but my personal feelings do NOT make them unsustainable...

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@alexander2 @LeninTime 

The reference to 1789 will not suffice if the person addressed has no historical knowledge, and certainly none outside American history. Of course, he thinks "this is no answer" because he doesn't know what the hell you're talking about.

The rest of us know that 1789 was the year the French Revolution began that swept away the French monarchy by the starving, wretched peasants...a Revolution that affected all of Europe's monarchies, eventually, and indirectly led to the Russian Revolution about a century later.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Crossbreed I'm pretty sure they are 100 percent its in the top 5


Obsessing over whether it was THE hottest or not is sort of missing the bigger picture. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@HeadleyLamar @Crossbreed

Obsessing over whether it was THE hottest or not

I'm not sure what kind of headline about such a finding would satisfy some. 

I'm also not sure I should care.

Crossbreed
Crossbreed

@HeadleyLamar @Crossbreed 

I trust you were sharp enough to note that I am all for reducing but also for full reporting v. opinion looking for a fact or two.