#FoxNewsFacts: 'Terrorism expert' causes social media frenzy

#FoxNewsFacts: 'Terrorism expert' causes social media frenzy
By Sarah Taylor
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Birmingham is a 'no-go zone' for non Muslims, says Fox News' self-proclaimed 'terrorism expert'. Twitter reacts...


“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.”

These are the words of self-proclaimed ‘terrorism expert’ Steven Emerson, during an interview with Fox News. However, according to Birmingham City Council, Muslims make up 21.8% of the population of Britain’s second largest city.

As #FoxNewsFacts reaches over 250,000 tweets, here's some #BBCNewsFacts about Birmingham pic.twitter.com/Bbt0uLLmUc

— BBC Trending (@BBCtrending) January 12, 2015

Emerson went on to say:
“And, parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to religious Muslim attire.”

Emerson’s comments have provoked a frenzy of ironic responses on Twitter, under the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts.

Brilliant! @Foxnews are referring to all the jokes at their expense are 'false facts attributed to us'. #foxnewsfactspic.twitter.com/Y89NEglXnJ

— sam learmonth (@samlearmonth) January 12, 2015

Here is a selection of our favourites.

The Queen is now being forced to wear a hijab by 'Moslems' due to the sharia law enforcement in the UK #foxnewsfactspic.twitter.com/PygydYLBGE

— immortal (@omfgitszoya_) January 12, 2015

In birmingham, buildings wear the burqa #foxnewsfactspic.twitter.com/S7fMfYkUht

— Malcolm Coles (@malcolmcoles) January 11, 2015

#foxnewsfacts Minarets being constructed all along the UK coastline by ISIS. pic.twitter.com/BoGrf90UFB

— Ric Facchin (@ForwardRole_Ric) January 12, 2015

At a height of 152m, Birmingham's main minaret is the tallest in the world #foxnewsfactspic.twitter.com/lzLa68aLD5

— BBC Free Speech (@BBCFreeSpeech) January 11, 2015

Thanks @FoxNews for reminding us all how graphs work...because 6 million is about 1/3 of 7 million? #foxnewsfactspic.twitter.com/ozk44dnItV

— MJG (@MichaelGamache) January 12, 2015

#foxnewsfacts Tweets !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Mecca Bingo, probable proof of the Islamic domination of Birmingham according to #foxnewsfactspic.twitter.com/idByIkkrzQ

— Lewis Bush (@LewisKayBush) January 11, 2015

Steven Emerson runs an organisation called The Investigative Project on Terrorism. He has since apologised for his remarks, which he conceded were “totally in error”.

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