Defending its perch atop of what Jon Stewart affectionately refers to as Bullsh-t Mountain, on Saturday Fox falsely reported that President Barack Obama is using his personal funds to construct a museum devoted to Muslim culture. MediaMatters caught the “Fox & Friends Saturday” segment, which criticized Democrats for the closure of the World War II Memorial that resulted from the (Republican-triggered) government shutdown. Co-host Anna Kooiman was appalled that the government would not fund the memorial, especially since “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture.”
Via Snopes.com, MediaMatters notes that Kooiman’s “information” comes from The National Report, a satirical Web site whose articles “are fiction, and presumably fake news,” according to a former disclaimer.
Kooiman’s full quote:
“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.”