Fox News “Terrorism Expert” Humiliated After Absurd Lie About Islamic Control in Great Britain Exposed

fox-news-terrorismTo 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.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Richard Verdejo

    Did he happen to stay at a Holiday Inn Express the night before the interview?

  • BobJThompson

    Doesn’t sound like he was humiliated at all. But hey, his profile is bigger now. He also banked some of that “liberal rage” that lends street cred to tea-publicans.

    • Alex

      Believe me, he has been extremely humiliated. Everyone outside of the little American bubble has absolutely torn him a new one and some of the responses are hilarious!

      And liberal rage?! Please! What sort of moron goes on television and does something like that. More like universal disbelief! Get off your right left horse fight and see this guy for what he is!

      • BobJThompson

        I see him for what he is, yet another fear monger pushing blatant lies and then back peddling when called out. Of course it’s after the fact so that his idiocy can be propagated and the retraction can be mostly looked over by the types he was encouraging with this kind of comment.

        And while it’s nice to say you’re above the left-right battle, ignoring that it happens is denying the evidence you see right in front of your face. The left is by and large not to be trusted. You have to look at who funds them to know what they are going to do. The right in America is a world tragedy.

      • Alex

        Oh believe me I’m not denying it. I know exactly what is in front of my face and it drives me crazy. I’m a Brit living here in the US and while I don’t profess to be better than anyone for that, I see very intelligent friends of mine and people in general making extremely asinine and ridiculous comments and voting.

        In many ways they are both as bad as each other but come on, don’t talk about the left in terms of ‘look at who finds then’ I think if that’s your argument the left can’t even come close to the corrupt way in which the part is run/funded. The words; Koch brothers, oil, climate change, agenda, scare monger, monopolize, shit healthcare structure. All come to mind.

      • Alex

        Surely if you are looking at it from a ‘sensible party’ point of view which I like to do, the left is BY FAR the lesser of two evils. Just don’t seem to have any back bone really.

  • GenerallyConfused

    Gotta have that propaganda machine oiled and primed at all times!

  • Kojo

    Par for the Fox course.

  • Genius

    I don’t think he said anything wrong or misleading. Fox viewers are not tuning in for the truth….. so he is doing what he is suppose to do on the network. Cut the man some slack! *sarcasm*