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Fox News’ Anna Kooiman Falls for Parody About Obama Funding Muslim Museum (HuffPost)
Fox News host Anna Kooiman fell for a fake story that said President Obama is using his own money to keep a museum dedicated to Muslim culture open during the government shutdown. The government has been shut down since Tuesday. The co-hosts of Fox and Friends Saturday lamented the closure of the World War II Memorial, which Kooiman claimed “doesn’t seem fair especially” because “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture.” Mediaite “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,” Kooiman said on Fox & Friends Saturday morning. “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.” Gawker Media Matters traced Kooiman’s lie to the “satire” website The National Report. Fox News was attempting to point out the hypocrisy of Obama somehow refusing to compromise on a spending budget, then shutting down the government, and heartlessly blocking WWII veterans from attending their memorial in Washington. And he has the nerve to pay out of pocket for a Muslim museum (which is as imaginary as his belief in Islam). TVNewser Kooiman apologized in a tweet. “Just met w producers- I made a mistake yday after receiving flawed research abt a museum possibly closing. My apologies. Won’t happen again.”
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