Whoops: Fox News Host Says Obama Funding Muslim Museum

...Falling for story from parody website

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 7, 2013 2:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – The misleading parody news industry claimed another pelt this weekend, when Fox & Friends co-host Anna Kooiman declared on the air that amidst the government shutdown, President Obama "has offered to pay for the Museum of Muslim Culture out of his own pocket." If that sounds ridiculous, it's because it was intended to. The story comes from NationalReport.net, Slate observes.

NationalReport is one of a growing number of sites offering up only slightly over-the-top partisan fantasies, and counting on readers' own prejudices to make them believable. Kooiman isn't the first to be duped; the Washington Post once was, too. Kooiman soon realized her mistake and tweeted out a decidedly vague apology. "Just met w producers- I made a mistake yday after receiving flawed research abt a museum possibly closing," she wrote. "My apologies. Won't happen again."

Anna Kooiman speaks in this YouTube screenshot of a Fox News segment.
Anna Kooiman speaks in this YouTube screenshot of a Fox News segment.   (YouTube)
Fox News host Anna Kooiman
Fox News host Anna Kooiman   (NewsToday)
During a segment on October 4, 2013, Fox News host Anna Kooiman claims that President Obama offered to pay out of his own pocket to keep the Museum of Muslim.
During a segment on October 4, 2013, Fox News host Anna Kooiman claims that President Obama offered to pay out of his own pocket to keep the Museum of Muslim.   (Stephen Adams)
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Anna Kooiman's comments begin at around the 1:40 mark.   (YouTube/Media Matters)

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