Early this week CNN went after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal after he insisted that there are “no-go zones” in France, parts of France filled with Muslims that French police would not go. CNN claimed this was untrue and attacked the Gov. for saying there was. But for months CNN has said exactly the same thing that Jindal said despite their sudden claims to the contrary.
Eric Wemple, media critic of The Washington Post, discovered that before attacking Jindal and Fox News for using the “no-go zones” rhetoric, CNN itself had spent months reporting that there were, indeed, such things as “no-go zones” in France.
“A search through Nexis archives finds that CNN traded in just the sort of ‘no-go zone’ that popped up on Fox News in the days after the Jan. 7 massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine,” Wemple wrote on January 20.
Wemple didn’t stop with just one example, though. He went on to report instance after instance of CNN seriously reporting that there is such a thing as a “no-go zone” for French police.
In fact, Wemple re-visited CNN’s hypocrisy in a second piece with even more examples.
As to whether or not these zones exist, the French government vehemently denies that there is any where that French police are afraid to go and there certainly isn’t any official “no-go” policy.
Since the French government made these statements, Fox News has backtracked on the claims and apologized for saying so (CNN, on the other hand has not).
In any case, while France is undoubtedly correct that there is no official “no-go” policy, in effect they may as well have one because despite their protestations there really are Muslim neighborhoods that French rarely enter. This has been an accepted fact for a decade or more. Technically the French government might be right; there is no official no-go zone.” But in reality they are lying. French police are afraid to enter many Muslim infested communities in France.