Twitter slams Fox News for photo of Obama 'in Muslim garb'

Published July 8th, 2016 - 02:53 GMT
A photo of Obama at his half-brother's wedding in Maryland in the 1990's. (photo: Fox News)
A photo of Obama at his half-brother's wedding in Maryland in the 1990's. (photo: Fox News)

Fox News took a beating after tweeting a photo appearing to show Obama “in Muslim garb.” 

“Photo of Obama in Muslim garb shows deep ties to faith, O’Reilly says,” the news network tweeted on Thursday night, attaching a photo of Obama at his half-brother’s Maryland wedding in the 1990’s.  

Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly released the photos on his show, The O’Reilly Factor, on Wednesday. O’Reilly claimed that the images are evidence that Obama has “deep emotional ties” to Islam. O’Reilly suggested that these ties are why Obama “allows” Daesh (aka ISIS or Islamic State) to “run wild” and “murder thousands of innocent people.”  

Twitter users around the world immediately pounced on Fox for being racist: 

Others rebuked the network for inaccuracy, claiming that the robe Obama is wearing in the photo is a traditional Kenyan garment more than it is a Muslim one:  

Others attacked Fox for choosing to focus on something the president wore twenty years ago, when the nation is still reeling from a historic massacre of police officers in Dallas:  

Fox News may have more important matters to deal with right now. The company’s chairman, Roger Ailes, was hit with a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging that he sexually harassed a top news anchor and forced her to leave the company in part because she refused his sexual advances. 

-Hunter Stuart


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