The Twittersphere exploded this weekend with the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts after self-proclaimed “terrorism expert” Steve Emerson told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro that Birmingham, England, is closed to non-Muslims.
Emerson, who heads The Investigative Project on Terrorism, told Pirro that in Britain “there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”
This is a curious claim considering the latest Population and Census information provided by the City’s official website:
- Around 42% of our residents were from an ethnic group other than White.
- 46.1% of Birmingham residents said they were Christian, 21.8% Muslim and 19.3% had no religion.
- 22% of our residents were born outside the UK, compared with 14% in England and 11% in the West Midlands region.
Emerson apologized for his comments late Sunday nightin the wake of the Twitter explosion, telling ITV News:
I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry.
My comments about Birmingham were totally in error.
And I am issuing an apology and correction on my website immediately for having made this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham.
I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful.
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.
PS. I intend to make a donation to a Birmingham charity called the Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Below is a clip of Emerson talking to Fox News followed a few of our favorite posts on Twitter:
— Tapio (@LordShropshire) January 12, 2015
— Chris Kennett (@chriskennett) January 12, 2015
— Barracks O'Bama (@P0TUS) January 11, 2015
— Steve Peers (@StevePeers) January 11, 2015
— Harem. (@haemerys) January 12, 2015
— Jewman (@jumanutd) January 11, 2015
— David Jack (@DamJef) January 11, 2015
– Steve Emerson