Paris, France To Sue Fox News For Being Fox News

from the you'll-get-used-to-them dept

I was told a long time ago that you can really get to know people in times of crises. Adversity doesn't make a person, it reveals that person. Insert another cliche about this stuff here. The point is that when things get dire, people revert to who they are at their most basic. In America, for instance, the home of the brave and the land of the free suddenly became the home of the surveilled and the land of security theater after 9/11. France's recent experience with the plague of Islamic extremism has revealed ups, but has also revealed them to be not nearly so in favor of free speech as they like to claim when it comes to speech they don't like. That trend appears to be continuing as Paris, France claims they are going to file a lawsuit against Fox News for making laughably ridiculous claims about so-called "Muslim-only" communities in the city.

Fox News ran multiple reports describing areas of Paris (and England) that were governed by Sharia law and off-limits to non-Muslims. The network has since apologized for making "regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe—particularly with regard to England and France."

"This applies especially to discussions of so-called 'no-go zones,' areas where non-Muslims allegedly aren't allowed in, and police supposedly won't go," anchor Julie Banderas said in one on-air apology. "To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country, and no credible information to support the assertion there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion."
Oh, Paris. So naive. A cable news organization fear-mongering their way through a horrifically inaccurate report where the facts are fiction isn't something to get upset about. As best as I can tell, that's the entire point of cable news. Truth doesn't fill a twenty-four hour news cycle, after all. Beyond that, what are they going to sue for? Inaccurate reporting that has since been corrected on-air? If that was grounds for a lawsuit, the lawsuits against cable news networks would be ongoing through eternity.

Even listening to the city's officials doesn't make this seem any less petty.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is planning to sue Fox News for its inaccurate reports on Muslim "no go zones," she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

"When we're insulted, and when we've had an image, then I think we'll have to sue, I think we'll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed," Hidalgo told Amanpour in an interview. "The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced."
Think about this for just a moment. Filing a lawsuit against someone for the crime of insulting your honor doesn't sound like it could come from a proponent of free speech, does it? The very thing that was attacked in France is now being attacked by France, though obviously with litigious weapons instead of firearms. This isn't to suggest any moral equivalence between the two, of course, only that free speech is one of those areas where you're either for or against. Being for something with qualifications means you're not for it at all. And, fortunately for Fox News, the freedom of speech includes the freedom to be idiotically wrong.

Filed Under: anne hidalgo, cable news, fox news, france, free speech, lawsuit, paris
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 20 Jan 2015 @ 2:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Oh, Please

    No, you are over complicating a relatively simple issue.

    The reason why we like to 'pretend' that they are complicated is because once we are honest about things, we are then able to see our own vices and evil reflected in others. Humanity hates nothing more than for their wrongs to be revealed. We all keep secrets and lie to each other because we know, for a fact KNOW, that others will be assail us with their bigotry. We form groups to co-miserate with each other in hopes of comfort... we flee from our ignorance and bigotry doing this.

    Geo vs Geo, Politic vs Politic, Color vs Color its all the same. We hate it when the other side reveals our hypocrisies and soon we shall war. The Cycle has never ended and the frozen fear that lurks in everyone's heart gives birth to more of the same.

    Until people unshackle themselves from their dogma and prejudices we will be locked in this cycle until something capable of wiping up all out shows up.

    Every evil agenda has tricks to advance their ideas. Is a white person born somewhere in Africa but immigrates to America an "African-American"? Why are Russians not Asian? Why would the term "White Power" be inherently racist while terms such as "Black Power" and "La Raza" are not? The media at large plays us all for the fools we willingly make ourselves to be. The Politicians like Bush and Obama feed on the stupidity that has entrenched America to the point that the only way back to a Nation of Liberty sadly appears to be paved in fresh red blood. All the while our bigotries are drummed up against each other to a feverish pitch as liberties are removed and spirits broken and the once free slaves are enslaved again by their VERY OWN DOING!!!

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