To be considered an “expert” on anything, it typically requires that someone know an extensive amount of information on a particular subject. Though, like with any other subject, the classification of whether or not someone is an “expert” on a particular topic can be subjective. The idiotic denial of climate change is a prime example. Despite the overwhelming consensus from the scientific community that climate change is happening, and humans are the primary force driving it, there are still tens of millions of Americans (mostly conservative) who think it’s some massive liberal hoax.
But on Fox News, “expert” seems to be anyone who might remotely have a background that could be linked to any given subject and will agree to go on air and spew their particular brand of idiotic propaganda.
Which is how Steven Emerson, supposedly a “leading” expert on Islamic terrorism, managed to go on Fox News to try to claim that there are parts of Great Britain that have been completely taken over by Muslims.
“In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in,” Emerson said.
“And 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,” he continued.
Except, Birmingham is only 21% Muslim.
Now, any expert can be wrong about something. Being extremely knowledgeable about a subject doesn’t mean someone is infallible about that particular issue. However, for a so-called “expert” to be this wrong about something as simple as easily verifiable demographics of a particular city, that’s inexcusable and embarrassing.
Emerson isn’t an “expert.” He’s just someone who calls himself an expert with the hope that his anti-Muslim propaganda can be passed off as factual knowledge. Which makes him perfect for the kind of garbage often promoted by Fox News.
Well, after making these asinine comments, the Internet (Twitter in particular) erupted into a public mockery of Emerson’s idiocy. Even David Cameron chimed in on his comments, saying, “When I heard this, frankly I choked on my porridge. This guy is clearly a complete idiot.”
The outcry was so loud and severe that Emerson was forced to issue a formal apology:
“I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. My comments about Birmingham were totally in error.”
And while it’s nice that he admitted his mistake, the damage has already done. Fox News certainly won’t feature him anywhere on the network to retract his foolish statement and once something like that gets “put out there” it’s almost impossible to correct the misinformation. Especially when I can almost guarantee that the conservative media won’t give his apology much attention at all.
Give it a few days, he’ll be back on Fox News sharing his “expertise” with the world like nothing ever happened.