Fox apologizes after pundit's remarks about English city

AP News
Posted: Jan 18, 2015 12:01 PM

LONDON (AP) — U.S. broadcaster Fox News has issued at least two on-air apologies for comments made by a pundit who described the English city of Birmingham as "totally Muslim."

The remarks by author Steven Emerson inspired ridicule in Britain and prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to label him "a complete idiot." Emerson, who apologized soon after the broadcast, suggested that in Britain "there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don't go in."

Census data shows that Britain's second-largest city has 234,411 Muslims, or 22 percent of Birmingham's population.

Fox News presenter Julie Banderas told viewers Saturday that "we have made some regrettable errors on air, regarding the Muslim population in Europe." Presenter Jeanine Pirro said her guest made factual errors "we wrongly let stand unchallenged."