Interestingly, during his speech at the House of Commons, none of the liberal media can directly quote the Governor claiming there are Muslim no-go zones in Great Britain. Amazing they didn’t notice that.
Often accused of leaning more than just slightly to the left, CNN has given its world-wide megaphone to Jay Parini, a poet who also teaches at the liberally shi-shi Middlebury College in Vermont. In his op/ed published Jan. 20, 2015, Parini opined that the Louisiana Governor was “Speaking in London recently, and he startled quite a number of people in the House of Commons when he talked about ‘no-go zones’ in Britain, places where Sharia law trumps British law.” Not alone, Phillip Elliot of the Associated Press also jumped on the bandwagon on Jan. 20, 2015, by clearly writing “Jindal, however, used similar rhetoric during a speech, warning of ‘no-go zones’ in London and other Western cities.”
Not quite done hammering Jindal, the Vermont poet cited another CNN report from earlier in the same day (see photo and also above cited CNN link) claiming Jindal, “Announced confidently to a group that included a number of British parliamentarians that the police in the United Kingdom don’t dare to tread in these zones, where Sharia law is widely used.” The Vermonter also made a point of taking a swipe at the people of Louisiana, “This is the sort of ill-informed fantasy that plays well in certain right-wing circles. This probably works for Jindal back home in Louisiana.”
Unfortunately for Elliot, the Associated Press, Parini and CNN, Jindal never said any such thing regarding Muslim “no-go-zones” in Great Britain. In the cited article penned by CNN’s Alexandra Jaffe earlier in the same day, she did correctly quote Jindal when he stated from his prepared remarks, “In the West, non-assimilationist Muslims establish enclaves and carry out as much of Sharia law as they can without regard for the laws of the democratic countries which provided them a new home. It is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so called ‘no-go zone.’ The idea that a free country would allow for specific areas of its country to operate in an autonomous way that is not free and is in direct opposition to its laws is hard to fathom.”
Jaffe’s report, hitting the internet slightly more than three hours before Parini’s, does cite an unnamed guest on Fox News who erroneously claimed there were Muslim no-go zones in the U.K. “The idea of ‘no-go zones’ sparked controversy last week when a Fox News commentator raised the prospect of areas in France, Britain, Sweden and Germany where those countries’ governments ‘don’t exercise any sovereignty,’ and instead are run largely by Muslim immigrants. He also mentioned whole cities ‘where non-Muslims simply don’t go in,’ in particular the city of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.”
CNN’s Jaffe also made a point of quoting British Prime Minister David Cameron’s thoughts on the mysterious guest on Fox News. “When I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fools Day. This guy is clearly a complete idiot.” Again, unfortunately for Jaffe, the mystery man isn’t a Fox News “contributor,” but merely a one time guest. Fox News also issued a formal apology for the erroneous comments.
Yet for whatever unexplained reason, Jaffe attempted to tie the mystery man’s comments to the Louisiana Governor with her blatantly curious and confusing line, “Jindal did not immediately respond to Jindal’s comments specifically.” As of press time, Jaffe has yet to respond to the comments she attributes to Jindal that weren’t made by Jindal.
However, CNN and the AP should feel alone. Tod Robberson of the Dallas Morning News also swallowed the false narrative hook, line and sinker. Penning “I wonder how often Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal cruises the streets of London. My guess is, he has never done it and probably never will. If he had, he’d know that there’s no such thing as a ‘no-go zone’ in London where sharia law applies and where religious police patrol the streets. The notion is absolute nonsense.” Robberson left little to the imagination by titling his piece “Bobby Jindal’s name should be a no-go zone on 2016 presidential ballot.”
Also chin-scratchingly curious, CNN, The Dallas Morning News, AP, Jaffe, Robberson nor Parini bothered to reference the transcript of Jindal’s speech that was released early to the press via the Governor’s Office on Jan. 15, 2015. In reference to the “no-go-zones,” the Governor did state, “For example, note what radical Islamists do when given the chance in territories they control either in the Middle East or even in Europe. In Iraq, ISIS commits genocide, enslaves women and beheads opponents.” The only time Jindal spoke with specificity concerning “no-go zones” in any nation was when he stated, “I believe it is because radical Islamists have been given too wide a berth to establish their own nation within a nation. I am encouraged to see France’s Prime Minister speak out against this travesty.”
Concerning the reality of “no-go zones” in France, the right-of-center The Gatestone Institute cited the French independent think-tank L’Institut Montaigne’s report entitled “Banlieue de la République” (Suburbs of the Republic). The 2,200-page report, “found that Seine-Saint-Denis and other Parisian suburbs are becoming ‘separate Islamic societies’ cut off from the French state and where Islamic Sharia law is rapidly displacing French civil law. The report also showed how the problem is being exacerbated by radical Muslim preachers who are promoting the social marginalization of Muslim immigrants in order to create a parallel Muslim society in France that is ruled by Sharia law.”