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Fox Falls For Fake Story About Obama Personally Funding Muslim Museum During Shutdown

Fox Falls For Fake Story About Obama Personally Funding Muslim Museum During Shutdown

Blog ››› October 5, 2013 2:49 PM EDT ››› MIKE BURNS

Fox & Friends Saturday criticized President Obama for offering to personally pay for a "museum of Muslim culture" during the government shutdown, a claim that originated from a satire website.

On October 5, the co-hosts of Fox & Friends Saturday discussed the closure of the World War II Memorial, which resulted from the Republican-led shutdown. During the discussion, co-host Anna Kooiman claimed that while the memorial is closed, "President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture."

[quote]KOOIMAN: The Republican National Committee is offering to pay for it to keep it open so that the veterans from Honor Flight are going to be able to go and see this because who did it honor? It honored them. It really doesn't seem fair, especially -- and we're going to talk a little bit later in the show too about some things that are continuing to be funded. And President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it's the Republican National Committee who's paying for this.

Unfortunately for Kooiman, the claim that Obama offered to pay out of pocket for a "museum of Muslim culture" originated from the satirical website the National Report. As the fact-checking site Snopes.com points out, a now-removed disclaimer on the National Report noted: "National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news."

Fox has a history of passing off satirical stories as actual news.

by Anonymousreply 610/06/2013

Why should we give a shit if someone funded a Muslim museum. Just because you're Muslim, that doesn't mean you support terrorists. They want to make being Muslim illegal.

by Anonymousreply 110/06/2013

R1, you do realize...

Fuck, nevermind.

by Anonymousreply 210/06/2013

R2, you do realize R1 was merely making a larger point, right?

by Anonymousreply 310/06/2013

Not surprising.

BENGAZHI! MOOSLEM7

This is their mentality.

by Anonymousreply 410/06/2013

"Falls" for it?

Rrrriiight.

by Anonymousreply 510/06/2013

Fox knew the story was fake but repeated it to scare their gullible viewers.

by Anonymousreply 610/06/2013
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