Islamophobia Monitor

The Fox News Channel is part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.

The Public Religion Research Institute included the following points in a report published in September 2012:

  • “There is a strong correlation between trusting Fox News and negative views of Islam and Muslims. This pattern is evident even among conservative political and religious groups.”
  • “Among all Republicans, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) say that Islam is at odds with American values. Among Republicans who most trust Fox News, more than 7-in-10 (72 percent) believe that Islam is at odds with American values.”
  • “Among Republicans who most trust other news sources, less than half (49 percent) say Islam is at odds with American values, making their attitudes roughly similar to the general population.”
  • “A similar effect can be seen in beliefs about American Muslims and the establishment of Shari’a law. Nearly 6-in-10 (58 percent) Republicans who most trust Fox News believe that American Muslims are trying to establish Shari’a law in the U.S. Again, the attitudes of Republicans who most trust other news sources look similar to the general population (33 percent and 30 percent respectively).”

When a YMCA and local police department in St. Paul, Minn. partnered to give young Muslim girls a once-a-week hour-long swim lesson during which the facility would be closed to men, Fox proclaimed, “Sharia law is now changing everything.”

On October 8, 2014, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren issued an on-air challenge, stating: “So here’s my offer. I will give any Muslim leader of national or international stature the platform right here ‘On the Record’ to condemn Islamic extremism and to make a call to arms of every Muslim leader of every mosque to do the same. Condemn Islamic extremism.”

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad accepted the challenge, but was declined an opportunity by the host to speak. According to a CAIR press release, “Van Susteren’s producers changed the terms of the challenge and ultimately dropped Awad’s appearance”.

CAIR produced a video to address Van Susteren’s challenge:

Key Individuals

Roger Ailes (President and CEO)

In May 2011, Rolling Stone reported that Ailes may have a personal “paranoia” in regards to Muslims:

Once, after observing a dark-skinned man in what Ailes perceived to be Muslim garb, he put Fox News on lockdown. "What the hell!" Ailes shouted. "This guy could be bombing me!" The suspected terrorist turned out to be a janitor. "Roger tore up the whole floor," recalls a source close to Ailes. "He has a personal paranoia about people who are Muslim -- which is consistent with the ideology of his network."

Eric Bolling (Host)

In 2012, Fox Business host Eric Bolling said he would “love” to have back a guest who said Islam “is the worst, most deadliest idea in the history of the world.”

Steven Crowder (Commentator)

Crowder is a Fox News commentator. In 2012, Media Matters for America collected a number of examples of factually questionable assertions about Muslims made on Fox News. Included on the list was a quote by Crowder from June 2012, alleging that a “high percentage” of Muslims “hate Jews and Christians.” According to Crowder, “the real problem is the Quran.”

Lauren Green (anchor)

In a July 2013 interview for Foxnews.com with author Reza Aslan, Green asked, “I want to be clear you’re a Muslim. So why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” Aslan then listed off his academic credentials on the subject. Green, apparently unable to reconcile a Muslim writing about Jesus continued, “It still begs the question though, why would you be interested in the founder of Christianity?”

Mike Huckabee (Host)

Huckabee was governor of Arkansas 1996-2007 and a 2008 Republican Presidential candidate during the primary election. As a Fox News host, Huckabee falsely claimed that Muslims believe "Jesus Christ and all the people who follow him are a bunch of infidels who should be essentially obliterated." Huckabee also referred to Islam as the "antithesis of the gospel of Christ." He also seemed to compare Muslim prayer being allowed in a church to the showing of pornographic films.

Brian Kilmeade (Commentator)

In September 2013, Kilmeade attempted to link the phrase Allahu Akbar  (”God is Great.”) to terrorism. After showing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) video of a rocket attack on a Syrian city, Kilmeade said he had “a problem with helping those people screaming that after a hit.”  McCain challenged Kilmeade asking him if he disagreed with an American person saying “Thanks God.” Kilmeade did not respond.

In June 2013, Kilmeade told a leader of the English Defence League, an anti-Muslim group known for violent protests, “We got your back.”

In 2012, Media Matters collected a number of examples of factually questionable assertions about Muslims made on Fox News. These included Brian Kilmeade claiming that all “terrorists are Muslims,” and a Fox News contributor saying, “The truth is that Muslims tend to be more violent than Christians.”

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