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Fox News 'personality' spouts off, resulting in family being harassed

“Sometimes (people) will drive by and yell, ‘Terrorist,'” said Randy Vorick, a husband a father of three children. “They’ll honk their horn and keep driving.” (NBC4TV)

A California couple faces backlash after a FoxNews ape shoots off his mouth, linking their home to an Islamic radical. How boneheaded can you be? I’m sure Fox lawyers are sh*tting bricks right now. It’s also a sad commentary on the local folks there and the educational system (how about that spelling?).

A couple whose home was wrongly identified on national television as belonging to an Islamic radical has faced harassment, and police are providing protection. Since the report aired on Fox News on Aug. 7, people have shouted profanities at Randy and Ronnell Vorick and spray-painted “terrorist” (spelling it “terrist”) on their property.

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

John Loftus, a former federal prosecutor who appears on Fox News’ “Inside Scoop with John Loftus,” gave out the address during the broadcast. He said the home belonged to Iyad Hilal, whose group, Loftus said, has ties to those responsible for the July 7 bombings in London. But Hilal moved out of the house about three years ago.

The couple sought a public apology and correction. “John Loftus has been reprimanded for his careless error, and we sincerely apologize to the family,” Fox spokeswoman Irena Brigantes said. Loftus told the Los Angeles Times last week that “mistakes happen. … That was the best information we had at the time.”

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