Steve Emerson responded with an apology after he described Birmingham as a Muslim-only city where non-Muslims “don’t go in.” The American terrorism commentator appeared told Fox News that religious police beat anyone who doesn’t dress according to Muslim attire, according to Examiner. There’s been a public outcry ever since Scott Emerson made the on-air comments.
“As someone born and raised in Birmingham, I must admit there was a pressure to read the Kerrang,” one tweet said.
The Fox News commentator faced public scrutiny and said it was a “terrible error” on his part. But many on social media have been ridiculing his comments, even after he apologized.
“I was supposed to go to Birmingham last week but I forgot my passport,” said another tweet.
Steve Emerson apology comes after comments he made about Birmingham and London led to many reacting on hashtag #FoxNewsFacts. Some accused him on his investigative website of “speaking nonsense” and called his claims “utter rubbish.” Birmingham Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart called the comments “stupid” with “no redeeming features,” according to the Daily Telegraph.
“I checked whether this was some kind of early April Fool spoof, and then I thought he was talking about Birmingham, Alabama, but then I realised he was just utterly and completely wrong,” the Labour MP said.
Steve Emerson’s apology is being ignored because of some of the facts on his website regarding terrorism. Emerson, who founded a group called The Investigative Project on Terrorism, has offered to make a donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
“I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry,” he said. “My comments about Birmingham were totally in error.”
More than 1,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Scott Emerson to make an “on-air apology to the people of Birmingham UK for saying non-Muslims cannot enter our beloved multi-cultural city”.
Steve Emerson has issued an apology on his website for “this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham.” He stated that he does not intend to justify or mitigate his mistake. Emerson also admits that he should have been more careful in his research.
“There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham.”
Maryam Snape, who started the petition, said: “The fact of the matter is the American people saw this story and they are still going to believe it is the truth until he puts it right,” notes The Inquisitr.
There’s been much said in the media about this story, and it seems most people know more about Steve Emerson for his apology than what he originally said.