It’s no secret that certain conservative media outlets have been demonizing Muslims for a long time. Every now and then, that narrative reaches unbelievably cartoonish and Orwellian proportions, as was the case with Fox News terror ‘expert’ Steve Emerson’s comments this Sunday.
During Sunday’s segment, Emerson claimed that the entire British city of Birmingham was “totally Muslim” and that “non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”
As a result, Twitter (many Britains included) punished Emerson mercilessly using the hashtag #foxnewsfacts.
Clearly reeling from the backlash, the analyst spoke to the BBC and admitted that his comments were ridiculous.
“As far as my statement — the statement about Birmingham — I was relying on information that was totally incorrect,” Emerson said.
When asked about where the information came from, Emerson was vague.
“I have been in contact with people in the United Kingdom, and there are people, as well as law enforcement — and there are areas where law enforcement doesn’t go into in the United Kingdom,” he insisted. “But in terms of there being entire cities in the United Kingdom, I was totally misled — misinformed.”
“[I made] an egregious error here in not doing my own homework,” Emerson continued. “It hasn’t been pleasant, but I deserved what I got. I want you to know that I’m not making amends. I don’t want any pity whatsoever. I deserve any discomfort, whatever, because I made an egregious error. I want to apologize to all residents of Birmingham because it was a mistake that was inexcusable.”
Emerson didn’t how his career would be affected in the wake of his comments.
“The fact that I hope my body of work speaks for itself over the last 25 years, but again, you know, the reality is I can’t predict the future,” he noted. “You know, having made that statement, I certainly don’t want, you know, something else to occur. I don’t want people to use this as an agenda to claim that there is, you know, there’s no such thing as radical Islam or that Steve Emerson has no credibility whatsoever.”
Watch his BBC interview in the video below: