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01/14/2015 10:43 am ET Updated Jan 15, 2015

Jeremy Scahill Blasts CNN's 'Terrorism Expert Industrial Complex' Live On CNN

In the wake of the deadly terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Jeremy Scahill sees the media "revving up the fear engine again."

During an interview with CNN's Hala Gorani, Scahill -- an investigative journalist and war correspondent who has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, among other regions -- took particular issue with some of the self-professed terrorism experts making the cable news rounds this week, calling their credentials into question.

"CNN, MSNBC and Fox are engaging in the terrorism expert industrial complex, where you have people on as paid analysts that are largely frauds who have made a lot of money off of portraying themselves as terror experts and have no actual on-the-ground experience," Scahill said.

"You have on-the-ground experience, Hala; I listen when you speak because I think you're credible," he continued. "Some of your paid analysts that you have on this network or other networks, basically are just making money off of the claim that they're experts on terrorism and really don't have the scholarly background or on-the-ground experience to justify being on your network or any other network."

On Sunday, a Fox News guest terrorism expert apologized for referring to the U.K. city of Birmingham as "totally Muslim"on Fox News after British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "clearly an idiot."

CORRECTION: This article initially stated incorrectly that the expert apologized Monday for his earlier remarks on Fox News; his misstatement and subsequent apology were both made on Sunday.

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