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Steve Emerson, Reza Aslan, and the mainstream media: some errors are more erroneous than others
by Robert Spencer
Over the last few days, the mainstream media has been howling with glee over Steve Emerson's gaffe on Fox News. Emerson said that in Britain, "there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don't go in," and "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." Birmingham is not actually totally Muslim, and so Emerson apologized: "There was no excuse for making this mistake, and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham. I am not going to make any excuses. I made an inexcusable error. And I am obligated to openly acknowledge that mistake. I wish to apologize for all residents of that great city of Birmingham."
The Leftist media and its Islamic supremacist allies are trying to use this to get all foes of jihad terror off the air: numerous mainstream media outlets used the incident to impugn the reliability not only of Emerson, but of all critics of terror and of Fox News as a whole. But as you might expect, their outrage and ridicule are selective. Emerson overstated his case, but he was talking about a problem that is real. "Muslim Patrols" that violently enforced Sharia in London were jailed late in 2013, and there are no-go areas for non-Muslims in Birmingham and elsewhere in Britain: commenters on a Daily Mail piece about Emerson's gaffe stated: "Just shows Cameron doesn't even know what is happening in this country , as the news presenter is totally correct , its a no go zone ." "Include parts of London in that too. Seen first hand." "There ARE some parts of Birmingham where you darent or shouldn't go !" "Is he far off the truth? Maybe it's not true for Birmingham as a whole but there are certain areas where it is true. Certainly it is true of certain other Towns in the UK. Bradford, Leicester, Luton spring to mind."
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