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 That way, in case you’ve come across three year old out-of-date information, you don’t look like a total fuck up who’s made the lives of an innocent family into a living hell when it turns out you’re wrong.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.