Tomorrow night’s edition of “Justice with Judge Jeanine” will feature an on-air correction of its segment from last Saturday, in which the host, Jeanine Pirro, discussed with terrorism analyst Steve Emerson so-called European “no-go zones” that are off-limits to non-Muslims. “They’re sort of amorphous, they’re not contiguous necessarily, but they’re sort of safe havens,” said Emerson of these mysterious zones. “And they’re places where the governments, like France, Britain, Sweden, Germany — they don’t exercise any sovereignty so you basically have zones where Sharia courts are set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where police don’t go in,” Emerson said in the segment.
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.