Rupert, don't do this!

Saudi prince meets with Rupert Murdoch to discuss “future potential” alliances

Although the meeting centered on Arab media, this bodes ill for honest discourse about Islamic jihad in Murdoch-owned media outlets. After all, we have already seen the effects of Prince Alwaleed’s money upon Murdoch.

Debbie Schlussel:

Over the weekend, a number of readers sent me AP and other news stories about Saudi billionaire Prince AlWaleed Bin Talal Al-Saud’s interest in increasing his stakes in News Corp, the parent of FOX News Channel, FOX, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among other properties.  The article also discussed the new relationship between News Corp and Prince AlWaleed’s Rotana Media, as well as his Kingdom Holding Co.  But as with all stale news that’s older than mold, because Drudge picked it up as a headline, yet even more readers sent it to me.

But this is a story I wrote back in September, four months before Al-Associated Press noticed.

FLASHBACK –, September 3, 2009:  Rupert Murdoch, FOX News Parent Co Increase Ties w/ Extremist Saudi Prince, Seeking Arab Street Viewers

“Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s media meetings,” from Monsters and Critics, January 18, via JW:

Jihad? What jihad?

Saudi’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has met Rupert Murdoch to discuss “future potential” alliances.The prince – who is one of Saudi Arabia’s richest businessman – held talks last week with the chief executive officer of News Corporation, in New York, about projects they may work on together in the future.

The meetings, which mainly focused on “economic and investment issues, especially in the media sector”, specifically touched on Rotana Media, which provides Arabic and English television content in the Middle East and is owned by the prince….

If the deal goes ahead it would significantly strengthen the ties between two of the world’s leading media moguls.

The prince has helped build Rotana into one of the largest media conglomerates in the Arab world, with holdings in print, television, radio, film, digital and music.

2 thoughts on “Rupert, don't do this!”

  1. If Murdoch goes along with this deal the the last vestige of free speech in the US will disappear. America is doomed due to its own corporate stupitity.

  2. Rupert wants to charge for on-line content (make us pay for “news”), and possibly shut down blogs and other sources that escape his Net…

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