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Fox News Relies on Phoenix Hoaxer to Report Obama's Funding a Muslim Museum

Fox News Relies on Phoenix Hoaxer to Report Obama's Funding a Muslim Museum
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Fox News reported this weekend that President Obama is personally funding a museum of Muslim culture in the midst of the government shutdown.

If that sounds completely fake to you, that's because it is -- and it's the product of Phoenix's prolific media-hoaxer.

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Really, if you read hoaxer Paul Horner's "article," you'd really have to have shit for brains to believe it for more than one second.


Here's how it starts:

While up to 800,000 federal workers faced life without a paycheck as Day Two of the government shutdown kicked in, President Barack Obama held a press conference to announce that he is using his own money to open the federally funded International Museum of Muslim Cultures.

If you really think that could fool somebody, then get a load of this part:

"The Muslim community deserves our full acceptance and respect," Obama said. "We have killed millions of Muslims overseas since the September 11th attacks. They are not all bad. In fact most of them are good. So during this shutdown, now is a great time to learn about the faith of Islam. I encourage all of you to celebrate the Muslim community, the 'Sunnah' and the magic of the 'Quran'. All of this can be found at the newly re-opened International Museum of Muslim Cultures."

Someone who's supposed to be a media professional with a national audience somehow fell for this? Plus, there was no on-air correction. No mention that Fox News' Anna Kooiman just said something that was entirely false.


Kooiman kind of corrected herself on Twitter, although most people don't use Twitter:

Just met w producers- I made a mistake yday after receiving flawed research abt a museum possibly closing. My apologies. Won't happen again.

Notice the correction is "abt (sic) a museum possibly closing," not something to the effect of, "That entire thing about the Muslim museum was complete bullshit."


Maybe Fox should continue mentioning Horner's "reporting," like the time he won the Powerball jackpot, or when Governor Jan Brewer put gay-to-straight programs in Arizona schools, and Bill Murray went on a nationwide party-crashing tour .


Miraculously, Fox didn't follow up with another Horner scoop -- Obama declared November " National Muslim Appreciation Month ."


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