The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, recently announced that she will make sure the channel’s bigotry doesn’t go unpunished.
During an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Hidalgo said Fox News insulted the people of Paris after airing false reports about alleged Muslim “no-go areas” in the city.
“When we’re insulted, and when we’ve had an image, then I think we’ll have to sue, I think we’ll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed," Hidalgo said. "The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced. And I think in the great discussion of truth everyone is to play its role. And we’re going to have to be realistic and put things as they are.”
When asked to clarify which network she planned to sue, she replied: “Fox News, that’s the name.”
Fox News made a lot of noise last week, implying it had made up for its incendiary comments against Muslims by apologizing not once, not twice, but four times. However, it wasn’t a big deal considering they made the incendiary comments just as many times as they apologized.
Also, xenophobic rhetoric is not new to Fox.
This network provides a platform to anchor Bob Beckel, who openly declared that Islam is not the religion of peace and recommended that the U.S. discontinue Muslim student visas and construction of new mosques.
It’s the same channel where, in a painfully embarrassing interview, host Lauren Green just couldn’t wrap her head around the fact that Reza Aslan, a Muslim, would write a book about the history of Jesus of Nazareth.
After the so-called Islamic State caliphate came into being and American journalist James Foley was executed, prominent Islamophobe Sean Hannity – yet again – took it up as an opportunity to target Muslims all over the world. His colleague Andrea Tantaros went as far as saying that the whole religion of Islam was essentially the same as ISIS and implied all Muslims should be met “with a bullet to the head.”
So, yeah, Fox News has said worse things about Muslims and Islam in the past and Hidalgo will definitely take a step in the right direction by taking them to court.
(Although it’s highly unlikely that it would stop the news channel from churning out the rubbish it does on a daily basis.)
Perhaps actor Russell Brand was on the mark when he said that Fox News was more dangerous than ISIS terrorists wreaking havoc in the Middle East.