​#FoxNewsFacts: Pundit who claimed Birmingham ‘100% Muslim’ mocked on Twitter

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A political pundit who claimed that Birmingham, the UK’s second city, is “100 percent Muslim” on the US FOX News network has issued a formal apology, after a social media explosion saw both he and the TV station ridiculed.

Steven Emerson, founder of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, was presenting his opinions on the terror attacks in France to Fox presenter Jeanine Pirro when he made the “racist” assertion.

Emerson told the channel that in Birmingham “Muslim religious police” beat “anyone who doesn't dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire” and claimed that non-Muslim Britons would never visit the city.

This prompted outrage on social media, as citizens of Birmingham, journalists and comedians alike set out to defend the city and mock FOX News.

Some made jokes about taking their passport to visit Birmingham, and the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts was used to poke fun at the channel.

Others used the opportunity to make a more serious point: that allowing such a stereotype to prevail was not only damaging to the reputation of the city, but completely factually inaccurate.

Birmingham boasts one of the most culturally diverse populations in the UK. Of a total 1.7 million population, only roughly 23 percent are Muslim, coming second to Christians, who make up nearly 50 percent.

According to 2011 census figures, the city also hosts small communities of Sikh’s, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews.

Emerson has since issued an apology, saying that his claim was made “totally in error” and that he was “deeply sorry.”

He further said he owed “an apology to every resident of Birmingham.”