The Muslim Condemnations Fox News Says Don’t Exist

The Muslim Condemnations Fox News Says Don’t Exist January 9, 2015

After the brutal attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo, Fox News claimed multiple times that mainstream Muslim groups don’t and won’t condemn such terrorist attacks by Muslim reactionaries. Media Matters has a rundown of those claims made all day Wednesday.

Fox’s Monica Crowley: “I Haven’t Heard Any Condemnation” Of The Paris Attack From Muslim Groups.While discussing reactions to the Charlie Hebdo attack on the January 7 edition of Fox News’ The Real Story, contributor Monica Crowley argued that Muslims “should be condemning” the attack and that she hadn’t “heard any condemnation.” [Fox News, The Real Story, 1/7/15]

Fox Guest: “You Don’t See Denunciations Of Radical Islam … By Mainstream Islamic Groups.” In a discussion of the Paris attack on the January 7 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, guest Steve Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, claimed that “you don’t see denunciations of radical Islam, by name, by mainstream Islamic groups.” [Fox News, America’s Newsroom1/7/15]

Fox Host Bob Beckel: Muslim Groups Like CAIR Keep “Their Mouth Shut When Things Happen.” While discussing the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris during January 7 edition of Fox News’ The Five, host Bob Beckel criticized Howard Dean for suggesting that the terrorists were like a cult, and claimed that Muslims as a whole are “being quiet.” He went on to accuse the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of keeping “their mouth shut when things happen.” [Fox News, The Five, 1/7/15]

And here’s a whole bunch of those statements Fox News says don’t exist:

The Grand Mosque of Paris, one of the largest in France, issued a statement on its website shortly after the attacks, saying its community was “shocked” and “horrified” by the violence.

We strongly condemn these kind of acts and we expect the authorities to take the most appropriate measures. Our community is stunned by what just happened. It’s a whole section of our democracy that is seriously affected. This is a deafening declaration of war. Times have changed, and we are now entering a new era of confrontation.

The Union of Islamic Organizations of France also responded on its website, writing: “The UOIF condemns in the strongest terms this criminal attack, and these horrible murders. The UOIF expresses its deepest condolences to the families and all the employees of Charlie Weekly.”

Hassen Chalghoumi, imam of the Drancy mosque in Paris’s Seine-Saint-Denis suburb, spoke with France’s BFM TV and condemned the attackers, saying, “Their barbarism has nothing to do with Islam.”

“I am extremely angry,” Chalghoumi said. “These are criminals, barbarians. They have sold their soul to hell. This is not freedom. This is not Islam and I hope the French will come out united at the end of this.”

I certainly hope that Chalghoumi is right, that it unites the French (and everyone else) in agreement on the need to protect free speech against all who threaten it.

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  • Anne Fenwick

    At least I’m sure Fox News wouldn’t fail to report that one of the policemen killed was Muslim and that there have been several attacks on French mosques over the last few days, almost certainly in reprisal.

    Or did they?

  • abb3w

    Maybe it can also be used to trigger a political impetus in the US to help get rid of some of the vestigial state-level blasphemy laws. Massechusetts and Pennsylvania residents should contact their state legislators.

  • Trebuchet

    Breaking news: Fox Lies! In other atounding news, the Sun rose in the east this morning.

  • Chiroptera

    Unless every single Muslim in the entire world condemns the attacks, and unless every single page in the Quran states, “violence is bad,” then Chalghoumi’s statement doesn’t count. Or something.

  • John Pieret

    And here’s CAIR’s statement:

    In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

    “We strongly condemn this brutal and cowardly attack and reiterate our repudiation of any such assault on freedom of speech, even speech that mocks faiths and religious figures. The proper response to such attacks on the freedoms we hold dear is not to vilify any faith, but instead to marginalize extremists of all backgrounds who seek to stifle freedom and to create or widen societal divisions.

    “We offer sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed or injured in this attack. We also call for the swift apprehension of the perpetrators, who should be punished to the full extent of the law.”

  • John Pieret

    BTW, compare CAIR’s statement with Bill Donahue’s:

    … and see which one is more consistent with the US Constitution that the Foxites claim to love so much.

  • colnago80

    This just in, the gendarmes stormed the location where the two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shooting, killing both of them and freeing a hostage. I’m quite sure that some of the pantywaists on the left will criticize the gendarmes for not taking the two miscreants alive.

  • colnago80

    Re #7

    The two terrorists will not get their 72 virgins in paradise.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Who knew that the President of Iran wasn’t a Muslim?

  • Kevin Kehres

    @7 colnago80

    Pantywaist is a homophobic slur. Please stop using it.

  • Artor

    Once again, colnago80 shows that he’s a despicable asshole. Why am I not surprised?

  • colnago80

    This just in, the other hostage situation in Paris at the kosher deli was also resolved with the perp being killed and all the hostages being freed.

    Re Kehres @ #10

    According to Wikdictionary, pantywaist is a description of: An ineffectual, weak, or timid person, especially a boy or young man; a sissy.

    Applies to plenty of men who are not gay. In fact, only a minority of gay men are pantywaists. It certainly is applicable to those on the left who would criticize the police for wasting the 3 terrorists.

  • You have to give Fox News a break. It’s really hard to hear things when you live in an echo chamber. Even harder when you’re part of the echo chamber.

  • Ed, when Muslims condemn terrorist attacks, they don’t really mean it, so it doesn’t count! #sarcasm

    Colnago, while I would have liked to see the Hedbo shooters captured alive and held in cell lined with Charlie Hebdo cartoons, their deaths is a satisfactory outcome as well. May their 72 virgins have vagina dentata.

  • grumpyoldfart

    I’m right now watching a French man on BBC TV (didn’t catch his name but he was identified as an author) and he was stating unequivocally that the killers were not Muslims and they should not be identified with Islam.

  • Anne Fenwick

    @7 – Preventing more deaths is necessarily the priority, but justice, including your own constitution if you’re American, call for suspects to apprehended and placed on trial. Not summarily executed, regardless of how certain and how terrible their crimes. This implies no kind feelings towards the perpetrators themselves.

  • drken

    No colnago80, pantywaist is not a homophobic slur, it’s a misogyinistic one. Of course, much of homophobia is just misogyny directed at men for performing the most degrading act associated with (straight) woman. Also, while I’m sure there are those who will complain that police shouldn’t have killed the hostage takers, you should at least find one example before painting an entire political ideology with the same brush.

  • colnago80

    Re Ann Fenwick @ #16

    The outcome was more then satisfactory. All the hostages were freed which is a massive victory for the good guys. IMHO, that could not of been accomplished without killing the terrorists. Just ask the freed hostages if they had any qualms about the demise of the terrorists.

  • laurentweppe

    The Muslim Condemnations Fox News Says Don’t Exist

    Lying liars intent to keep on lying: in other news: sky is blue, cats are evil and puppies are cute.


    I certainly hope that Chalghoumi is right, that it unites the French (and everyone else) in agreement on the need to protect free speech against all who threaten it.

    Unfortunately, there already are french people who say (in meat space, where they think they can’t be heard by anyone by sympathetic ears) that the best way to honor Charlie is to lynch a few dozen french muslims selected at random.

  • velociraptor

    SLC –

    Since a pantywaist is described as an ineffectual, weak, or timid person, especially a boy or young man; a sissy, you surely have no problems with the rest of us applying that moniker to you. Given your stated desire for wars to advance the interests of Israel, and unwillingness to participate in them, preferring instead that [i]other[/i] Americans do so, surely the title is warranted.

    In fairness, however, a better word is coward.

  • theguy


    Nobody’s a “pantywaist” or weak for wanting to see these killers brought to trial, which is what police are supposed to do whenever possible. In this case, probably not possible, but the police don’t exist to satisfy a desire for eye-for-an-eye revenge.

  • Steve Sirhan
  • colnago80

    Re reptile @ #20

    Hey, the correct terminology is chickenhawk.

  • tfkreference

    Capturing them alive would have thwarted their martyrdom (of course, they won’t be getting their raisins, but unfortunately their infamy will survive among those of similar ideology).

    The lack of hostage deaths is a welcome change from recent events.

  • Steve Morrison

    Let me just link to a post which Slacktivist just republished.

  • “I don’t see any condemnation” reminds me of a conversation I had on facebook today with someone who didn’t see any Christians engaging in terror and murder. Pointing him to news stories about Christian brutality in Africa and India spurred a lot of hemming, hawing, and goalpost-moving.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    A lot of wishful thinking above about those hostages – BBC: … three gunmen and four hostages confirmed dead…

  • tfkreference


    Alas, that’s why I don’t like listening to early news reports.