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

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I don’t think Fox fell for this story, it’s part of the m.o there to stoke the emotions of their anti-Muslim constituency, half of whom think Obama is a ‘secret Muslim.’

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

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.”

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.

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  • Debra RN

    lame “duckness” happens prior to a president taking office…at the changing of the guard…this president is purely incompetent, anti-capitalist, and narcissistic…good day to you.

  • Tighe McCandless

    “My PERSONAL opinion is that I wouldn’t put it past him due to his father being a Muslim…”

    What reason would Obama have for showing overt favoritism to a particular religion that he’s not a part of? His stepfather? Obama has described him as not taking religion too seriously; nor was Obama, Sr. a Muslim by the time he met Obama’s mother.

    “…his foot dragging in support of Israel…”

    Exactly what is the appropriate amount of support that each U.S. president must show Israel? Besides: we flat out rejected to acknowledge Palestine’s bid at the U.N. late last year; I’d hardly call that thumbing our nose at Tel Aviv, amongst other things. They’re one of our closest allies in the Middle East and that hasn’t changed since Obama took office.

    “…his apology tour in the middle east…”

    Opinions of the United States abroad have been pretty damn low since Bush and they’ve slid steadily downwards under Obama. His continued use of drone strikes, oftentimes indiscriminately killing civilians, has made him highly unpopular in the Middle East. At best he has made botched attempts at burying the hatchet.

    “He won’t follow military protocol regarding the national anthem, won’t wear the American Flag pin…”

    Even supposing that either was true (and one can find ample evidence to the contrary), what does this have to do with anything related to Muslims or Islam?

    “Ask a few of your MIddle Eastern friends…they believe he is a Muslim…”

    There are also Americans who believe that they’ve been abducted by aliens or that 9/11 was an inside job. What the hell is your point?

    The man will go down in history books as ultimately a bit of a lame duck with authoritarian tendencies (the continued presence and expansion of the NSA, drones, SOPA and its cousins) with some minor victories such as gay rights and the ACA, even if the latter isn’t much more than a carbon copy of the Massachusetts model and the distinction of being the first ‘black’ president. Nothing more or less. But if you want him to be some sort of monster out to destroy America rather than the right-of-Nixon man that he is, then sure, whatever.

  • Tighe McCandless

    I’m not thirsty, thank you.

    Surely the president can’t be all of the things I listed, can he? Yet, his nonsensical critics seem to be rather convinced he’s almost certainly one of the things above. If it were that easy to prove, I’d say that it shouldn’t be all that hard to cough up proper evidence. I eagerly await such proof from verifiable sources.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    That was one of the craziest RealTime episodes in memory. Where did he find people shopping at Grocery stores in their undies? WTF!

  • mindy1

    The stupid, it burns my brain

  • The greenmantle

    Tea I suggest would be all that would be needed
    Sir David

  • The greenmantle

    If I thought you would have understood I would have used irony
    Have a nice day
    Sir David

  • Tighe McCandless

    It must genuinely be fascinating to live in a world where everything is proof (or self-reinforcing) of Obama’s atheist Muslim Commusocialistnazi nature.

    What sort of illegal narcotics would I have to invest in to reach that point?

  • Debra RN

    Im planning to learn Chinese…just saying

  • Debra RN

    Hey greenie…if you were funny…I might laugh

  • The greenmantle

    I know what you mean Debra .
    As you know there are great economic difficulties at the moment . I own a bridge in Brooklyn and need some ready cash . Would you like to make me an offer ?
    You can contact me via http://www.findagulibleidiot.com just use your voucher code “teapartynuts” for extra discount .
    Sir David

  • Talking_fish_head

    Please tell he’s joking, no one can be this stupid right?

  • Heinz Catsup

    :facepalm:

  • golden izanagi
  • Talking_fish_head
  • mindy1

    *headdesk*

  • Seeker

    While I agree with what you say, somehow, after seeing the coverage Ron Paul got during the election season, it’s a little hard to believe that Fox is not fully aware of what they are actually doing.

  • The greenmantle

    Fox News the propaganda outlet for the 1%
    Lets distract the masses with rubbish while the country goes down the pan .
    Sir David

  • CriticalDragon1177

    In most cases, that probably is the case, but you’d be surprised how gullible some people can be.

  • Seeker

    Deliberately dishonest. I don’t believe a news organisation operating on the scale that I assume Fox is doing is unable to put in the effort to validate a story.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    I know. Its been thoroughly debunked.
    Just like almost all of the claims of the Anti Muslim “counter Jihad”

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/exemptions.asp

  • I watched Alexandra Pelosi’s short documentary (that she aired on Bill Maher’s show last week) where she interviewed people on the streets in NYC what they thought about Obamacare, and one guy claimed that Muslims were exempt according to the law. Huh? That’s a silly myth spread from some idiot blogs.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    I just saw this recently. They’re either incredibly dishonest or incredibly gullible. You take your pick. Either way, we shouldn’t take “Fox News” seriously. I wish I never had.

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