Here’s how it happened: Steve Emerson, a supposed “terrorism expert" on the right-wing Fox News channel, declared that Birmingham, U.K., is "a totally Muslim" city "where non-Muslims just simply don't go."
His bogus claim came on Judge Pirro, hosted by former Republican politician, Jeanine Pirro.
"[In] parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn't dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire," said Emerson.
What a shocker this must be for the many non-Muslim residents of the U.K. But because British humor is quite fabulous, they of course made the most of it by poking fun at the absurdity of it in 140 characters.
It's always fun when Fox's casual xenophobia and disregard for truth turns the Monday blues into an entertaining day on Twitter.
This is why I love you, UK. Horrible devisive media rubbish, met by a barrage of Weapons of Mass Sarcasm. #foxnewsfacts— Jon Hall (@JonHall_) January 12, 2015
When arriving at Birmingham International Airport, visitors are compelled to convert all their currency. To Islam. #foxnewsfacts— Stephen Sadler (@ISayPorter) January 12, 2015
Social media mavens even inspired to make visuals of Emerson's lie.
Naturally, Emerson's fiction would change the dating world and how men and women interact.
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Society as we know it will be forever changed thanks to Emerson’s revelation.
Even the absurd posts hit the point home.
8.4 out of every 7 Muslims are terrorists #foxnewsfacts— James Howland (@J_howland) January 12, 2015
Birmingham is entirely populated by muslims. Unlike nearby Wolverhampton, which is entirely populated by wolves. #FoxNewsFacts— smiley_nufc (@smiley_nufc) January 12, 2015
Sadly, this chap makes a fair point.
While these tweets thankfully prove people don't take Fox News seriously, they also highlight the fact that there is a lot of misinformation that exists in the world.
Sadly, nothing is taken seriously anymore. Stating such obviously false facts on live television is an easy way to manipulate the masses. Emerson has since apologized, but all jokes aside, with what kind of adverse effects will Fox News continue to pull stunts like this?