Fox News is in trouble for booking an expert who claimed that Birmingham is a “Muslim-only” city. But that gaffe is far, far from the most ridiculous thing the news channel has done… recently…
1. Saying of sexual violence in the military: ‘What did they expect.’
Fox News pundit Liz Trotta complained feminists wanted to be “warriors and victims at the same time”. Here explanation of sexual assault in the military? “These people are in close contact… I thought the mission of the army was to defend and protect us not the people who are fighting the war.”
2. Blaming hoodies for the death of Trayvon Martin
Geraldo Rivera, who appears regularly on Fox, blamed hoodies for George Zimmerman shooting unarmed 17-year-old African American teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.
“I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly not to let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin‘s death as much as George Zimmerman was,” he said.
3. Playing Dude Looks Like a Lady while promoting a segment about Chelsea Manning
This actually happened.
4. Deciding a swim class was evidence that “Sharia Law is changing everything”
This was prompted by a YMCA in Minneapolis starting a swim group for Muslim girls in 2013.
5. Deciding Santa Claus and Jesus were (unequivocally) white
“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact,” host Megyn Kelly said.
6. Telling a black man he looked like a cocaine dealer
Marc Lamont Hill (PhD) took the remark from Bill O’Reilly, made in 2010, in good humour. “As do you - you look like a cocaine user, we’re even,” he said.
7. Refusing to admit white privilege exists
Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly was confronted with the reality of racism and managed to ignore it anyway. Months later he admitted it may be a “factor” during an appearance on the Daily Show.
8. Worrying about how protests over the death of Eric Garner might affect Christmas
Following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who killed unarmed black man Eric Garner with an outlawed choke-hold, Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson was concerned … that the resulting protests may disrupt the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Manhattan.
9. Looking for insurgents happy about the Democrats winning Congress
In 2006 when the Democrats won congress, the Huffington Post got its hands on a leaked memo from Fox News vice president of News John Moody recommending the channel look for “an statements from the Iraqi insurgents, who must be thrilled at the prospect of a Dem controlled Congress”.
10. Deciding Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson was an expert on the Middle East
Fox News’s Sean Hannity turned to an expert on the Middle East he could trust. In an eye-opening interview, the duck hunter, patriarch and Christian quoted the Bible he never leaves home without when asked by Hannity how America should combat Isis.
11. Telling women interested in politics to ‘get back to Tinder’
Pundit Kimberly Guilfoyle suggested in October 2014 that young women shouldn’t concern themselves with voting and would be better off spending their time on dating apps and sites like Tinder and Match.com. But what if they need to discuss politics with their dates?
12. Being unable to cope with the CIA torture report
As Fox News host Andrea Tantaros put it: “Sunlight at the CIA? I’m sorry, that’s one place I don’t need sunlight. I don’t think they need to give me a lot of transparency at the CIA.” Yes, because transparency is the last thing democracy needs.
13. Suggesting Obama was going to limit the first amendment to introduce Sharia law
This happened on Saturday.
14. Linking Islam to the Mafia
Bill O’Reilly made the connection while discussing a heated row between Ben Affleck and Bill Maher about Islamophobia.
15. Declaring that guns mean America is less vulnerable to terrorist attacks
That’s according to Fox reporter Emily Miller, who said on Sunday: “It’s factually incorrect to say civilian ownership of guns is going to lead to more deaths, in fact it probably would have stopped that crime or at least slowed down the number of journalists that were slaughtered in Paris.”
16. Doing everything in their power to make us answer yes to this question