Jake Tapper fires back at Fox News over his comments about ‘Allahu Akbar’ phrase

Jake Tapper fires back at Fox News over his comments about ‘Allahu Akbar’ phrase
CNN's Jake Tapper assailed Fox News host Sean Hannity among others for reporting his comments about 'Allahu Akbar' in a misleading way. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

CNN’s Jake Tapper took to his Twitter account to register his dissatisfaction with what he called a “smear” from Fox News over a comment he made about the Muslim phrase, “Allahu Akbar,” on Tuesday after the terror attack in New York City.

Here’s what Tapper said:

Tapper was responding to a guest who reported the fatal attack Tuesday in New York City was being investigated as a terror incident in part because the suspect had been heard yelling, “Allah Akbar,” a phrase used in many Islamic terrorist attacks.

“The Arabic chant ‘Allah Akbar,’ ‘God is great’, sometimes said under the most beautiful of circumstances,” Tapper responded, “and too often we hear it being said in moments like this.”

The attack took eight lives and cast new light on President Donald Trump’s attempt to limit travel from terrorist-stricken countries.

The suspect, 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, is an immigrant from Uzbekistan who reportedly arrived in the U.S. based on a lottery “diversity visa.”

Here’s the video of Sean Hannity bashing Tapper for his comments:

How did Tapper respond?

Tapper accused Fox News of misleading readers about what he said. “Fox News is lying,” he tweeted. “I said it can be said at beautiful moments (wedding, birth) and too often at times like this (horrific terrorist attack).”

Tapper was referring to a headline in a tweet that Fox News later deleted. It read, “CNN’s Jake Tapper Says ‘Allahu Akbar’ Is ‘Beautiful’ Right After NYC Terror Attack.”

Tapper continued to explain that the phrase is used by terrorists to justify their attacks, but can also be used by others to simply praise Allah apart from terrorist motivations.

Tapper referred to the controversy over Hannity’s repeated reporting of a sensationalistic conspiracy theory surrounding the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.

He also accused former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka of lying about his comment:

Hannity did not respond to Tapper’s accusations.

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