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Fox Falls For Fake Story About Obama Personally Funding Muslim Museum During Shutdown

Source: MediaMatters.org

Fox & Friends Saturday criticized President Obama for offering to personally pay for a “museum of Muslim culture” during the government shutdown, a claim that originated from a satire website.

On October 5, the co-hosts of Fox & Friends Saturday discussed the closure of the World War II Memorial, which resulted from the Republican-led shutdown. During the discussion, co-host Anna Kooiman claimed that while the memorial is closed, “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture.”

KOOIMAN: The Republican National Committee is offering to pay for it to keep it open so that the veterans from Honor Flight are going to be able to go and see this because who did it honor? It honored them. It really doesn’t seem fair, especially — and we’re going to talk a little bit later in the show too about some things that are continuing to be funded. And President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it’s the Republican National Committee who’s paying for this.

Unfortunately for Kooiman, the claim that Obama offered to pay out of pocket for a “museum of Muslim culture” originated from the satirical website the National Report. As the fact-checking site Snopes.com points out, a now-removed disclaimer on the National Report noted: “National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news.”

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  • JustALady

    That’s because FOX News is looking for anything and everything bad about the President, that’s why I never, never, never watch them. I thought that a good journalist/news reporter checks out their story before releasing it.

  • thomasbone63

    Fox News is so FU. If it was not for them, the Republican Party would not have a platform for their asinine ideas. They are as much of a news program as sesame street. Where’s Big Bird.

  • Danny

    What’s sad, is that the White House has shut down open air memorials to WWII veterans and the American people! They can barricade memorials and national parks, but leave the southern border wide open for anyone to come into our country. You can pick and choose mistakes made by any network, but the fact is this president and democrat senate refuse to negotiate or compromise, thus force the American people to suffer. It’s hard to argue with facts.

  • dreburch

    All this time I thought Fox News was just a parody show…

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