As ThinkProgress has noted for the last two days, Fox Business host Eric Bolling falsely attributed an anti-Semitic quote to CAP’s Islamophobia report. Claiming he was reading “directly” from the report, Bolling falsely asserted that the CAP authors blame “Islamophobia in America on a small group of Jews.”
We asked our readers to help us in demanding an apology from Fox Business. With your help, we forced Fox to confront the issue. Bolling finally responded yesterday, offering this correction on Fox’s website:
I want to correct something from a segment we did the other night on Follow the Money regarding Islam in America. The topic was a report from the Center for American Progress. At one point, I read a brief passage which said the group blamed Islamophobia on “a small group of Jews and Israel supporters in America”.
You need to know that I was reading aloud from an American Thinker magazine article critical of the group’s report and not from the report itself. Sorry for the confusion.
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Bolling’s “Follow the Money” show had a guest host on Wednesday night and didn’t air last night. Therefore, no apology has been delivered on-air, but a Fox Business spokesperson told Benzinga’s Jason Raznick that the issue will be addressed tonight.
Bolling’s correction reveals that he relies on a hateful, right-wing blog for his information. Bolling was citing a particular blogger, Ed Lasky, who has made a name for himself by characterizing Obama as Muslim and anti-Semitic. The specific blog post that Bolling referenced on Fox was debunked by ThinkProgress’ Ali Gharib, who explained how Lasky was distorting information to claim that Islamophobia doesn’t exist.
If there is one key takeaway from this incident, it’s that observers have witnessed how the Islamophobia network generally operates: 1) Produce a blog post with false anti-Muslim information, 2) promote that blog post through Fox News, 3) have so-called “experts” tout the information as if it’s credible, and then 4) stand by your mischaracterizations even when they are shown to be lies. In this case, we successfully fought back against this misinformation network. That’s what it’s going to take to end Islamophobia.