Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) was widely ridiculed Monday when he slammed so-called Muslim “no-go zones” during a speech to a conservative London think tank. He made the statement even after the term had forced Fox News to disavow it no less than four times.

A terrorism expert for the network, Steven Emerson, had injected the term into the national and international conversation earlier this month when he said "there are actual cities like Birmingham [England] that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in." The backlash was swift and Emerson issued an apology.

It would take Fox News a week to issue four separate corrections for its coverage of so-called Muslim "no-go zones" and admit there was “no credible information” to support the notion that there were areas in Europe that excluded anyone based solely on their religion.

So where did Jindal's debunked, anti-Islam talking point come from? Here's a brief history of the myth.

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After the Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, Twitter users tore apart the Academy for nominating only white actresses and actors for the nation's top film honors, using the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

But the Oakland Tribune took its criticism to the next level Friday. The newspaper's front page highlighted the startling lack of diversity among nominees in a year that saw "Selma," the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic that was nominated for a Best Picture award, get snubbed when it came to the acting (and directing) field.

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The Daily Caller's political reporter Patrick Howley wrote an article last month asserting that former President Bill Clinton once praised a Holocaust denier.

But the Holocaust denier in question, himself a man with several aliases who's previously admitted to fabricating information, said this week that Howley had just fallen for one of his "inventions."

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