Fox News asshat turns innocent family into terrorists.

It’s hard to say which is more idiotic: That a Fox News contributor went on national television and claimed to know for a fact that a Terrorist was living in a La Habra, California home to which he then gave out the address…

In what Fox News officials concede was a mistake, John Loftus, a former U.S. prosecutor, gave out the address Aug. 7, saying it was the home of a Middle Eastern man, Iyad K. Hilal, who was the leader of a terrorist group with ties to those responsible for the July 7 bombings in London.

Hilal, whom Loftus identified by name during the broadcast, moved out of the house about three years ago. But the consequences were immediate for the Voricks.

Or the reaction of the public to this false information…

Satellite photos of the house and directions to the residence were posted online. The Voricks told police, who arranged for the content to be taken down. Someone even removed the street sign where the Voricks live to provide some protection.

Still, it has not been easy.

A driver yelled a profanity at the family and called them terrorists as they barbecued on their patio Aug. 14. Some drivers have stopped and photographed the house, Randy Vorick said.

Last weekend, someone spray-painted “Terrist” on their home. Police, who have regularly patrolled their house since the day after the broadcast, now station a squad car across the street.

Needless to say, the family that lives there now is having a rough time of it…

“I’m scared to go to work and leave my kids home. I call them every 30 minutes to make sure they’re OK,” Randy Vorick said.

“I keep telling myself this can’t be happening to me. This can’t be happening to my family. But it is. I want our lives to be normal again,” he said.

Can you imagine what that must be like? To have some idiot who thinks he’s helping police go on TV and tell the whole nation that there’s a terrorist living at your address? Even if Fox issues an on-air retraction, which they haven’t yet, it’ll probably take months before the idiots stop harassing these folks.

A small message for John Loftus: You’re not a fucking detective. If you think you have info that would help the police in that area then call the police in that area and tell them instead of announcing it on national television. That way, in case you’ve come across three year old out-of-date information, you don’t look like a total fuck up who’s made the lives of an innocent family into a living hell when it turns out you’re wrong.

And a small message for the asshats harassing that family: Grow the fuck up.

24 thoughts on “Fox News asshat turns innocent family into terrorists.

  1. Can’t the family that lives there sue the station? Or at lest the putz that broadcast the info on-air? Sheesh!

    The way the world is going, I’m seriously considering moving to… Mars!

  2. Why is the guy who said that not been fired. That is one of the most stupid statements I have heard in some time.

    Cheers BunBun

  3. Ohhhhh, this makes me physically ill. And of course Fox News won’t retract it, or they’ll take their merry time in doing so—in with the “I can’t think of any mistakes I’ve made” crowd, as they are.

    Find me that Loftus guy, I’d like to bitch-slap him.

  4. In what Fox News officials concede was a mistake

    I nominate ‘concede was a mistake’ for the ‘understatement of the fucking year’ award.

    sheez. 

    my sympathy is totally with that family.  I’m betting that, if they were Fox News watchers before, they aren’t now.

  5. I would be suing the hell out of them for slander and dafamation of character and anything else I could possibly get from them.  It would be like $$$ KACHING $$$

  6. This just fits into the old conservative tradition of mob justice. You just casually let slip with someone’s personal info and let the masses take over, and then act innocent. It’s the same motivation that’s behind locking somebody up in the stocks, or forcing a sex offender to register.

  7. I dont think that he was saying that there is a question of whether or not sex offenders should be required to register. Rather he was saying that the embarassment of having to register is similar in a fesw ways to this mob justice he just pointed out. Did I get It?

    Cheers BunBun

  8. Reading things like this make me believe the USA really isn’t winning the war on terrorism. It has been around for thousands of years and will continue to survive for a thousand more. There’s only one sure-fire way to stop terrorism in the US: leave the Middle East alone.

    I also agree with Rrrockhound; sex offenders who have paid their debt to society shouldn’t have to be punished more.

  9. So let me understand this, you wouldn’t mind your family living next to one?

    Normally, I would agree that once a criminal has done his time and has been seen fit to return into the wild, he’s probably safe. However, I would feel really concerned if I had a sex offender living next to my family. My understanding is that they are more prone to repeat offences than most other criminals are.

    Personally, I would like to know.

    However, this really doesn’t compare to some scuzball “journalist” stating that there is a terrorist living at 123 Anystreet, Anytown USA.

    My wife had a good suggestion. Make FOXNews buy the family a new house, and force the person who made the statement on the air to live in the house. Let him live with his stupidity! Not the poor family that lives there now.

  10. Re: The original story.

    “Terrist” kind of says it all really. More shocking than the allegation itself is the reaction this household received from those viewers who felt a need to act on the bogus information. Television and retarded politics seem to hold a mysterious power over some in the American public. Too many. Fox News, producers at Fox News, and this dipshit who uttered the statement, must be made to pay this poor family handsomely, as well as possibly the guy actually named as a “terrist” in the broadcast. (I didn’t look closely at his guilt or innocence.) Furthermore, the police department must have a bill they would like to present to Fox, what with having to patrol the area every day and post officers across the street to protect the family. This is entirely the result of shoddy broadcasting standards and requires, in my view, not only a fine, but a revoking of Fox’s broadcasting license. I don’t know the Voricks, but I think everyone in America should look carefully at how something like this could be made to happen and then think about how bad it can still get for this family. Though I find the connotation of the word “Terrist” to be kind of silly (having recently watched Team America World Police, I haven’t shaken the image of terrorists as head bobbing, string-drawn puppets), nonetheless, “Terrist” is still easily in my top 5 of things I would not want spray painted on the side of my house if I lived in the USA. Has it really come to this? I suppose it’s nothing new. There is a rich history of American media fuckupery. (Take the War on Drugs. Anyone remember how the term “crack babies” was invented? I believe the record shows that government acted inappropriately to what was, in reality, bad reportage of a very small study involving pregnant mothers who used drugs. The people conducting the study were dismayed by the coverage of their study, as well as the way that government went on to implement the myth of the crack baby into their social policies. I recall hearing a CBC radio interview with two people involved in the study who said they had basically spent a lot of their lives since fighting the myth of the crack baby because their study and further studies indicated that nothing of the sort was proven to exist. I point this out, not in defence of crack, but rather to illustrate the fallout after the bad news stories. Think of the young mothers who had their babies taken from them, as well as the scientists involved who were completely bushwacked by a lazy and over-imaginative press.) Satellite images online!!! People pulling up and yelling “Fucking terrist!” as you BBQ chicken? Get it together, America. This belongs in a Carl Hiassen novel. Simply unbelievable.

  11. Thread drift warning….

    I have an issue with the whole sex offender registry myself. While it might be nice knowing who the pedophiles in the area are, the term sex offender is a blanket term that covers a lot of people who don’t need to be persecuted their whole lives. For instance, an 18 year old boy who has sex with his 15 year old girlfriend is a sex offender. As is the frat boy who, in a drunken stupor, waggles his penis at a passing coed because his friend dared him to. Until the law starts differentiating in these matters, I think forcing all sex offenders to register is too much.

  12. Whoa. I’m sick to death of hearing about the rights of convicted rapists and child molesters. A kid who drops his pants and moons a bunch of cheerleaders who then gets “sex offender” stamped on his ass for the rest of his life is too much and we all know that. Do something about THAT. But leave the registry the hell alone. I walked my kids into a certain store several times without a clue that the odd male employee who often stared at us was convicted of “aggravated child rape.” The family-owned establishment he worked for had no clue of that man’s past until I happened upon the sex offender registry for my county and took them the print out. He was fired. If you really want to say I did a bad thing, or that this guy “paid his debt to society” and should then be left alone, then in my opinion you are just as sick as he is (or dangerously ignorant about their kind). You want to take the very slim chance that he won’t re-offend?? NOT WITH MY CHILD YOU WON’T.

  13. The family-owned establishment he worked for had no clue of that man’s past

    That’s a problem

    until I happened upon the sex offender registry for my county and took them the print out. He was fired. If you really want to say I did a bad thing, or that this guy “paid his debt to society

  14. We have to, like correctional officers do, learn to live next to these guys,

    Maybe you and I, grown, capable, and intelligent as we are could handle that. But they aren’t after us. They are after our babies. Put the guy in a house next to your kids, and your kids can no longer play outside by themselves. Your kids can no longer stay home alone. Your kids must be aware that their next door neighbor is dangerous. Your kids can no longer catch the bus at the end of the driveway without you standing right there. Now who is in prison? And what for? We don’t have the sense to keep this scum off the street. Reality has it, protecting our children just isn’t that big a societal priority. We know child predators are most likely to re-offend. We know that. Yet, there they are, working in stores, scoping their next victim.

    Uh oh. I wonder if this means that I might not be able to keep my job as a teacher!

    Okay, mine was a bad statement.

    very few people are willing to put their children at risk in order to advance the general welfare.

    Guilty. But then I wouldn’t have to risk my children and the general welfare would advance still further if these offenders were kept off the street. I did consider that this guy would simply move on to another workplace/neighborhood, and I hesitated. In the end, I chose their safety over someone else’s, and that isn’t wrong. Now he is someone else’s nightmare, and I don’t say that relieved. I say that to point out that my children, your children, should not have to learn to live next to these people. While victims of childhood rape can grow up to be okay, a lot of them become the very people society doesn’t want to deal with. So until we wise up and take child predators out of the public, then we should be alerted to their whereabouts. You think what I did was wrong, and you spoke up. Perhaps down the road someone else in my position will abide by the old adage “. . .keep your enemies closer,”  and “learn to live next to” it. That’s fine. You work to calm people and get them to consider these things. I’ll work to enforce the harshest sentences, and do whatever I have to do to keep my own children safe. As long as you aren’t attempting to abolish the registry, I consider us on the same side.

  15. For better or worse, Megans Law doesn’t exist in the UK, members of the public can’t gain access to the register, it is limited to law enforcement and similar agencies, who may choose to disclose the information to certain people such as head teachers (principals) of local schools.

    When information is made public, as Rebekah Wade of the tabloid newspaper ‘News of the World’ decided to a few years ago, we had mini-riots, innocent people hounded as they lived in

  16. Justice said: I say that to point out that my children, your children, should not have to learn to live next to these people.

    But they need to learn to live in a world that contains these people.  There are those who have yet to be caught.

    Nowiser, I have a 3 year old daughter.  Thanks for ruining tonight’s sleep.

  17. Sorry Ragman.  That job did a lot to convince me that there really are monsters out there.  I mean, I knew it on an intellectual level, but that job made me really believe it. 

    In fact, I’m sure there are people out there who are so horrible that they give even the monsters nightmares.

    I try not to even think about what those guys are capable of.  I think ignorance -is- bliss, at least in some cases.

  18. Ragman: “But they need to learn to live in a world that contains these people.  There are those who have yet to be caught.”

    Did I seem confused about that? Maybe that was a helpful tip, “raise your kids to be cautious anyway”?

    We catch and release child rapists. We catch again and release again child rapists. That is the value we set on young lives. And frankly, too few people recognize that.

  19. Did it ever occur to you, Justice, that the way to minimize child molestations is to minimize those who are raised to enact them. You seem to be in full support of fixing the symptom with imprisonment but where’s your ire for lack of counseling and whacked gender expectations?

    We as a nation assign little value to sexual expression and exploration of sexual topics. We place more importance on muffling expressions of victim-less sexuality causing it to seem unnatural to have a sex drive. In this darkness and fear negative expressions thrive.

    We don’t want to explore what causes a person to develop anti-social sexual leanings so we cannot treat the causes but only the symptoms, as you seem to advocate.

    I have no respect for a child molester but I know this type of person needs help. I realize that our youth-obsessed and sexually repressed society creates the sickness.

    You love and want to protect your child and that’s understandable but if your child grew up to become a molester, you would surely then seek to understand the disorder and how she or he became one.

    It isn’t about the rights of sex offenders but about the rights of families to understand how offenders are created so that they can minimize the chances of farming one.

  20. Brock: “Did it ever occur to you, Justice, that the way to minimize child molestations is to minimize those who are raised to enact them.”

    I am not so narrow-minded or lacking in intelligence to deny that to destroy the beast and to prevent others from springing forth, one must fully understand its nature. By the way, Brock, did it ever occur to you that the sexual preference for a child is no more curable than your sexual preference for your own gender? Or mine for the opposite gender?

    “You seem to be in full support of fixing the symptom with imprisonment but where’s your ire for lack of counseling and whacked gender expectations?”

    Don’t assume I have none.

    “We don’t want to explore what causes a person to develop anti-social sexual leanings so we cannot treat the causes but only the symptoms, as you seem to advocate.”

    No, actually, I don’t advocate locking up whatever child predator we happen upon without any effort to understand why they are the way they are, or whether or not their behavior is something “fixable.” Also, you are wrong on the first point. A lot of people in our society (from Freud on) do want to explore what causes a person to develop anti-social sexual leanings and other behaviors. A search on the net provides links to those very (modern) people and institutions.

    “I realize that our youth-obsessed and sexually repressed society creates the sickness.”

    I am sure this is a strong factor in our collective apathy and discomfort on the subject, but I doubt it is the sum total of its cause. At any rate “society” presents a problem in its own nature—it takes a very long time for society to identify a problem even exists, then it takes longer for society to identify precisely what the problem is, and still yet longer it takes for society to find a solution, and then it takes all that time and then some for society to apply that solution. I find no error in judgment in “treating a symptom,” which does, by the way, become the very cause of many more problems, while that time passes. In fact, we still don’t know what makes a serial killer, or how to identify them early on. I have yet to meet a person who thinks maybe incarcerating them until we do figure that out is a bad idea, nor have I met a person who feels they should roam free on the slim chance they have been rehabilitated. I have, however, met people who think serial killers rank much lower than child predators, and once again, I think that only points to the low value we place on children.

  21. I’m curious.

    Do you people care about my daughter?  She is 2 and a half years old.  She will end up needing therapy for years.  She is, of course, a child.  She isn’t even 3 yet, but I am pretty sure she will need help.

    The same goes for members of my family, my wife, and of course, myself.

    We have been hurt severely by Sex Offenders.  They have ruined our lives.  Would you like to hear how?

    I will remain anonymous, so nobody can claim I am trying to tweak facts for my own benefit.  This is just a work of non-fiction.  Enjoy.

    There is a lot to my story, but for now, I will stick to the short story.

    Please know that everything I am stating here, is backed up by documents I have, emails and copies of letters.  But, it never helped.

    My first “Good Job

  22. Null, I am pretty sure I am the most aggressive advocate of the registry posting here. Even I have admitted there are cases where the registry has gone too far. I absolutely do care about those ensnared by a registry too loosely applied—even though those cases are the minority.

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