October 5, 2013

Fox & Friends on Saturday criticized President Obama for offering to personally fund a "museum of Muslim culture" during the government shutdown, a claim that originated from a satire website.

During a discussion on the closure of the World War II Memorial, which resulted from the Republican-led shutdown, Fox News host Anna Kooiman said that Obama has "has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture."

KOOIMAN: "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."

Media Matters traced Kooiman's claim to the "satire" website The National Report.

As the fact-checking site Snopes.com points out, a now-removed disclaimer on the National Report noted: "National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news."

Perhaps it was an honest mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. I'm they'll issue a correction shortly.


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