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'Terror expert' apologises for calling Birmingham 'totally Muslim'

A contributor to Fox News has apologised after calling Birmingham "a totally Muslim city where non-Muslims simply don't go in".

Steve Emerson made the comments while speaking about the recent terror attacks in Paris.

The statement sparked an almost immediate backlash on Twitter, with users creating sarcastic pseudo-facts under the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts.

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Fox 'terror expert': Hearing my comments was torture

A Fox News 'terror expert' has said hearing his own claim that Birmingham was a "a totally Muslim city where non-Muslims simply don't go in" played back to him was torture "like waterboarding".

The comments sparked an almost immediate backlash on social media, with users sharing sarcastic pseudo-facts about life in Birmingham under the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts.

In an interview with Sky News, Steven Emerson claimed full responsibility for his comments, saying they were down to "sloppy research" and that he was "deeply mortified" by what he said.

It was an inexcusable error for which there is no excuse whatsoever.

Hearing it over when you played it was like waterboarding, I guess.

– Steven Emerson

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