Fox News at it Again: Falsely Claims White House Supports Sharia Law

April 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Daily Kos has an interesting post on yet another absurd report from Fox News, accusing President Obama of supporting Islamic Sharia Law in the U.S. Courts. You might ask where such a preposterous claim came from? When a major news outlet in this country makes such serious allegations against the president of the United States, you would expect such a claim to be based on credible, fact-checked evidence, right? Think again, this is Fox news we are talking about.

Please pay attention now to the highly “reputable” chain of “journalistic evidence” used by on air Fox reporter, Alisyn Camerota to make her allegations, because it gets a bit murky.

Here goes: The New Republic published an e-mail on its website, supposedly authored by a New York lawyer named, Steven Stein. Mr. Stein claims he attended a Yale Club function in 2007, where attorney Harold Koh, dean of Yale Law School spoke. Koh is a brilliant legal scholar nominated by Obama to serve as the legal adviser to the State Department.

In the Stein e-mail, he alleges that Koh made statements during his speech at the Yale Club, saying, “in an appropriate case, he didn’t see any reason why Sharia law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States.” Fox concedes it didn’t speak to Mr. Stein to confirm the authenticity of such a statement attributed to Koh, but that didn’t stop Fox News from treating it as fact and reading portions of the e-mail on air.

White House spokesman, Reid Cherlin, says the allegations in the e-mail are false. Today in the New York Post, the organizer of the 2007 Yale Club event, Robin Reeves Zorthian, states, “”the account given by Steve Stein of Dean Koh’s comments is totally fictitious and inaccurate.”

Next: Former Bush administration speechwriter Meghan Clyne writes what can only be called a “smear” piece in the venerable New York Post, referring to the Stein email as gospel and alleges, that Koh believes Sharia law could apply in a US court case. Fox News used the Meghan Clyne piece and the e-mail to support its report.

During its report, Fox reporter, Alisyn Camerota interviews someone named, Nonie Darwish, of Arabs for Israel and the conversation veers into the horrific aspects of Sharia law condoning honor killings of women for having boyfriends or committing adultery. Camerota goes on to say, Koh is “… a dean at Yale University, but he also has a history of supporting Sharia law even here in the U.S.

Camerota then asks, “since the Obama Administration surely knows Harold Koh’s position on this, why would they be tagging him as the State Department nominee?”

Harold Koh by all accounts is a highly regarded legal scholar, who authored eight books and 175 Law review articles. His views on maintaining the rule of law are well known and widely available for anyone to read. Koh also served both in the Clinton and Reagan administrations and was unanimously confirmed at that time. He has been honored as a renowned expert on national security law and international law, and believes that the U.S is strongest when it honors treaty obligations, international law and human rights laws.

Koh’s educational credentials are equally impressive, as a graduate of Harvard Law School, an Oxford Scholar and a former Clerk of the Supreme Court.

So, why all the fuss and shady allegations made by Fox News and other conservative news outlets against Koh and now President Obama? Probably because, Koh is a progressive, who disavows torture, and was critical of the many abuses trouncing on the rule of law and constitutional rights, committed by the Bush administration.

Let’s hope false allegations and smears don’t prevent the nomination of a brilliant legal mind to the State Department.



4 Responses to “Fox News at it Again: Falsely Claims White House Supports Sharia Law”

  1. Fox News Boycott » Fox News Falsely Claims White House Supports Sharia Law on April 2nd, 2009 5:22 pm

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  3. olivia on May 1st, 2009 11:17 am

    Can we please start prosecuting these idiots for slander? Or at least attempting to mislead the public with outward lies aimed at creating mistrust and panic. But then, I guess we may have to hit all the 24-hour news networks with that one….

  4. Your worst nightmare on May 16th, 2009 9:50 pm

    What do you expect from Murdoch and his soldiers of fortune? The only reason that the Republican party uses this TV network is because just like Murdoch being unAmerican so is the used up and wasted Republican party (the party is over)

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