Identified as the founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Emerson got specific about this matter: “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,” he said. Prime Minister David Cameron had a strong reaction to the comments: “When I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fools’ Day. This guy’s clearly a complete idiot.”
The backlash against Fox News has been fierce all week, and Emerson’s claim about Birmingham even earns a “Pants-on-Fire” rating from PolitiFact. Emerson has issued an apology and correction for his misstatements.
Complying with the principle that a correction should be made on the same platform as the error, Fox News will address the issue on Pirro’s show, according to a Fox News spokeswoman. Also according to the spokeswoman: It’s “highly unlikely” that Emerson will “ever be booked again” on Fox News. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp has more on Fox News and the “no-go” thing.