Fox News commentator, Steven Emerson has said sorry for his comment, but it was too late to stop the online lampooning

January 12, 2015 6:44 pm

A ’s remark about the British city of Birmingham
being “totally Muslim” has been widely mocked on Twitter, while British
Prime Minister David Cameron called the expert a “complete idiot”.

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Emerson, an American author whose website describes him as a leading
authority on Islamic extremist networks, told Fox in a live
broadcast Sunday that in Britain “there are actual cities like
Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t
go in.”
Emerson, who was discussing the recent terror attacks in
Paris with host Jeanine Pirro, also claimed that in parts of London,
“Muslim religious police” beat and injure “anyone who doesn’t dress
according to Muslim religious attire.”
Official figures show that
the number of Muslims in Birmingham, Britain’s second-largest city,
numbered at 234,411, or 22 per cent of the city’s population.

That compares to 494,358 who described themselves as Christian.
quickly tweeted an apology saying his comments were “totally
inaccurate.” But his comments continued to draw derision online,
spawning dozens of humorous reactions on social media.
posted absurd, fictitious claims and jokes about Islam and Birmingham
with the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts, which was trending on Twitter on Monday.
One Twitter user said Birmingham buildings wear burqas and posted a
photo of a building covered in scaffolding.
“Bizarre. Ridiculous.
Nonsense. These are the only words I can use to describe the statement
made by Steve Emerson,” said Birmingham lawmaker Shabana Mahmood. “His
apology is welcome but frankly the fact that anyone in his line of work
could even hold those views is concerning.”
British Prime
Minister David Cameron told ITV News he “choked on his porridge” when he
heard about the claims. “This guy is clearly a complete idiot,” he
Some 1,500 people have signed an online petition demanding an on-air apology to the city’s residents.
Fox News did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.

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