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Is Birmingham fiasco really a laughing matter?

On Facebook and almost every other site, fiasco is the most discussed news.

For those who might not know, an American terrorism expert had stated on Fox News that “Birmingham is a "Muslim-only city" where non-Muslims don't dare to go and get beaten up by religious (Islamic) police” during a Fox News interview.

This interview has caused quite a furor, David Cameron called Steven Emerson an 'idiot' , an MP called him "stupid" and Twitter users had quite a field day, mocking and posting hilarious responses and pictures to this statement with the hash-tag # FoxNewsFacts trending on .

But maybe, because I am a , I am not in a laughing mood. Not that much anyway.

Search Emerson on Wikipedia and you will find:

“Emerson is the author of six books, and co-author of two more. His television documentary "Jihad in America” won the 1994 George Polk Award for best Television Documentary, and top prize for best investigative reporting from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is also the Executive Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a data-gathering center on Islamist groups.

People such as this "idiot" and stupid" in words of UK PM and MPs, are the ones who formulate opinions. They give talks and are interviewed widely on television. Their books are read and quoted in speeches.

If one city can be target of his “stupidity”, “lack of homework” and “'terrible, inexcusable error”(in his own words), then what about his projects, research and work on terrorism and Jihad?

Does anyone even realize, what goes on in hearts and minds on every Muslim, who hears himself being labeled as savage, barbaric, steeped in stone age customs and whatnot every time a Fox News anchorperson or ‘expert’ opens his or her mouth.

What pure drivel or malicious accusations are spewed by this channel and its experts 24/7? And let me tell the residents of Birmingham, no matter what you say or how many apologies are offered or money donated to Children's hospital by this guy, many people in America will keep on believing what he said and consider Birmingham to be the twin city of Tehran. That is the power of media.

As much as I am enjoying the halal jams and burka clad Kitty pics , I am still very angry at what news channels and their “experts” can get away with.


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SoundNFury wrote on January 14, 2015, 4:39 AM

I don't blame you at all for being upset. Fox News is dangerous. On one level, it is humorous for people who have a brain. But what is scary is that there are a lot of people who believe their BS.

Ijusa wrote on January 14, 2015, 4:43 AM

I do not think that's really good I think we should all live peacefully with freedom of movement.

bestwriter wrote on January 14, 2015, 5:05 AM

You have to blame the fanatics who are the cause for the situation Muslims are in today. Statements like the Kuran allows killings in the name of God and such irresponsible utterances surely will give anyone the shudders when the world 'Muslim' is uttered. Many of my friends are Muslims and that included my boss who were cultured and never indulged in any such activities.

MegL wrote on January 14, 2015, 5:20 AM

Yes indeed. So called "experts" are responsible for a LOT of trouble.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 14, 2015, 6:00 AM

Whoa, no wonder you are upset. Talk about tarring everyone with the same brush. I lived in a city in the UK with a huge Muslim population and we all just got along together fine for the most part.

seren3 wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:10 AM

The media is the way it is for a reason. It is cleverly designed to keep wars going and make everyone feel unsafe. We are being played, all the time.

WordChazer wrote on January 14, 2015, 1:14 PM

This is Fox News. To my recollection, not often noted by my American friends for the accuracy of its reporting where a salacious soundbite will do. They're the TV news equivalent of our 'redtops' (newspapers in the loosest sense of the word) here in the UK. As you say about Fox, widely quoted and used to formulate opinions. But so prone to sensationalism. Birmingham is certainly a cultural melting pot, and there are certainly areas where the Muslim population outnumbers any other, and where therefore, Muslims have risen to positions of local power, with control over the resulting decisions made at a local level.

soupdragon wrote on January 15, 2015, 1:39 PM

Hopefully those who didn't already realise it will now be in no doubt what a load of nonsense Fox News spouts.

zabelle51 wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:38 PM

I don't think it is funny either to spew hate against any group or religion. Good people everywhere need to band together to fight mis-information and terrorism on all sides. It can never end if we don't. :)

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 8:11 PM

Look at what the scurrilous press did to the victims and families of hillsborough-hope the majority aren't fooled by the viciousness and lies..

maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 8:30 PM

What the heck has it to do with him what goes on in the UK ???He should be banned.

HappyLady wrote on February 6, 2015, 8:04 AM

But I was in Birmingham recently. I had no problem. New Jerusalem is the central church for my church organisation. I have stayed for conferences in Birmingham as a white Christian and with my African friends who are Christians. We did not find it a no go area. New people should not say such silly things. I am quite sure that in shops and so on, we would have interacted with Muslims.