It turns out that Le Petit Journal, the French version of The Daily Show, did a lot more to yank Fox’s Islamophobic chain than the one segment we previously posted about.
As we've previously reported, Fox apologized several times over the weekend for its bogus reporting of Muslim “no go zones” in Europe. After being the object of major ridicule. Besides the hilarious Le Petit Journal mockery of a Fox “expert” who said France’s “no go zones” reminded him of Iraq and Afghanistan, British Prime Minister David Cameron called another Fox “expert” a “complete idiot” for saying that Birmingham had gone “totally Muslim.”
Now, a New York Times article, “Fox News Becomes the Unwilling Star of a French TV Satire” reveals that Le Petit Journal mounted quite the campaign against Fox before the network apologized:
Their comics confronted Fox News correspondents when they spotted them reporting live in Paris. In one video, two of the show’s correspondents pretended to be American journalists venturing into supposedly forbidden areas and, in slapstick fashion, cowering by a Turkish kebab shop and a couscous restaurant and falling to the ground at the sound of a jackhammer.
Representatives of “Le Petit Journal” also showed up at the New York offices of Fox News on Thursday to seek comment, (host Yann) Barthès said, until security turned them away.
Mr. Barthès said that his show was unable to obtain any response from Fox News, so he turned to his viewers for help, giving the email addresses of Fox executives. When the show posted the information on Twitter, he said, they had 7,000 retweets in five minutes.
The theme was picked up by others on social media who expressed mock horror at the “danger” in Paris. A food guide site mapped the best places to dine in the so-called lawless zones, including a bakery where the owner had won awards for baguettes.
So what’s America’s excuse for not hounding (pun intended) Fox into accountability?
You can watch the great send up of cowering Fox reporters, from Le Petit Journal, below via Crooks and Liars.
Paris mayor will sue Fox “News.”
These Fox “News” cafeteria Catholics picked on the wrong city. The French will fry these frauds.
Very simply put – money. FOX has a successful business model that makes big bucks. In America, all things are secondary to the worship of the Almighty Dollar. If the day ever comes that Americans as a whole realize that money and profit are NOT the most important thing in the world, that concepts like truth, honor, and integrity actually mean something, we might get out of this mess we’ve created for ourselves. But I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
It’s the Republican mantra – screw you, I got mine.