As reported here earlier today, Fox News tomorrow night will issue a correction on its Saturday night program “Justice with Judge Jeanine” over a segment from last week alleging that Europe was pock-marked with “no-go zones” that are off-limits to non-Muslims. A strong backlash, including fact-checking and Internet-based derision followed the no-go claims. And the guy who championed the no-go talk, terrorism analyst Steve Emerson, apologized for his remarks.
Those circumstances notwithstanding, Fox News today took a “go-ahead” approach to the question of “no-go zones.” In the noontime couchtalk show “Outnumbered,” Fox News host Andrea Tantaros went off:
The UK and France and Germany and Europe and the United States’ ability to control terrorism depends on how it responds with immigration because, as Pete [Hegseth] mentioned earlier, the demographics simply are not in the favor of the French, the British — you point out that the Muslim populations have grown so large in these countries that leaders like David Cameron and leaders like the leader of France simply refuse to acknowledge that these acts are being committed by Muslims because they’re scared and the terrorists are banking on that fear. … There are broad swaths and pockets, as we know, of these ‘no-go zones’ that have Sharia law and they’re only going to get larger because of the fear to acknowledge it and fight it with policies that will stop these immigration tactics.
During Neil Cavuto’s show this afternoon, the discussion turned to police tactics against terrorism. Host Cavuto, in a chat with Ed Hartnett, a former Yonkers police commissioner, asked, “But even in Paris, as you know, commissioner, they’re very, very leery to go into these so-called ‘no-go zones’ — not all the time, but enough of the time they figure the better part of valor is not to create waves of protest.” Hartnett responded that Paris police see the “folly” of “no-go zones” and said that there are “700-plus no-go zones.”
Here’s a good primer on the myth of no-go zones, and it explains how Hartnett likely arrived at his 700-plus figure.