Fox's Fairly Imbalanced Pro-Muslim Influence

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Should Fox News register with the State Department as a foreign agent — an agent of Saudi Arabia?

First off, is that a farfetched question? Not when a leading member of the ruling family of the Sharia-totalitarian “kingdom” of Saudi Arabia, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has made himself the second-largest shareholder of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., Fox News’ parent company.

Just as Steven Emerson believes that American universities using Saudi mega-millions (many from Alwaleed) to set up Islamic studies departments should register as Saudi agents, I believe an American news channel part-owned and part-influenced by the Saudi prince should, too.

Alwaleed’s long march through U.S. institutions is a mainly post-9/11 progression greased by his purchase of about a 5.5 percent stake in News Corp. in 2005, and his purchases, I mean, gifts, of $20 million apiece to Georgetown and Harvard Universities, also in 2005.

There have been other eye-catching displays of Alwaleed’s largesse — $500,000 in 2002 to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Hamas- and Muslim-Brotherhood-linked entity, and a whopping $27 million, also in 2002, to the families of Palestinian “martyrs,” aka suicide bombers. These, along with Alwaleed’s self-described “very close relationship” with Murdoch son and apparent heir-apparent James, a left-wing global-warmist with virulently anti-Israel views, should only deepen Americans’ concerns about Fox’s ties to “the prince.” Recently, Murdoch and Alwaleed have discussed expanding their business relationship through the Murdoch purchase of a substantial stake in Rotana, Alwaleed’s huge Arab media company.

Before entering his Murdoch association, Alwaleed gave a remarkably candid interview in 2002 about what Arab News described as his belief that “Arabs should focus more on penetrating U.S. public opinion as a means to influencing decision-making” rather than boycotting U.S. products, an idea of the moment.

The Arab News reported: “Arab countries can influence U.S. decision-making ‘if they unite through economic interests, not political,’ (Alwaleed) stressed. ‘We have to be logical and understand that the U.S. administration is subject to U.S. public opinion. We (Arabs) are not so active in this sphere (public opinion). And to bring the decision-maker on your side, you not only have to be active inside the U.S. Congress or the administration but also inside U.S. society.'”

And active inside U.S. society living rooms — even better. Alwaleed would seem to have hit on a Fox strategy some time after Rudy Giuliani refused to accept, on behalf of a 9/11-shattered New York City, his $10 million check-cum-lecture that essentially justified the al-Qaida attacks as having been a response to U.S. foreign policy. This was “such an egregious, outrageous, unfair offense that I would have nothing to do with his money either,” Sean Hannity said at the time on Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes,” his remarks (and those of other Fox personalities) recently re-examined by the left-wing group Media Matters. “This is a bad guy,” Hannity said. “Rudy was right to decline the money.” Bill Sammon called Alwaleed’s check “blood money,” adding, “we’re better off without it.”

How terribly ironic that this same “bad guy” is now a News Corp. blood-money bags, a boss who must be handled with care as, for example, Fox host Neil Cavuto did in a deferential interview with Alwaleed last month.

How does this influence Fox News coverage? It’s impossible to say. Alwaleed has bragged that it only took a phone call to ensure that Fox coverage of Muslim rioting in France not be described as “Muslim” rioting in France, a boast News Corp. has never denied. This week, security analyst Joseph Trento, in light of recent negotiations between Alwaleed and Murdoch, mused online whether his own recent interview on “Fox & Friends” didn’t appear in Fox’s online video cache because he had told host Steve Ducey that “Saudi Arabian money was still financing al-Qaida.” The doubt itself is damaging.

Meanwhile, spokesmen for terrorism-linked and Alwaleed-endowed CAIR still appear on Fox shows, for example, while Dave Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, likely Fox guests as conservative authors of the sleeper-hit book “Muslim Mafia” (an expose of CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood), get zero airtime. The more important question becomes: How does Alwaleed’s stake in News Corp. affect what Fox News doesn’t cover?

If they don’t report, we can’t decide. This, for a Sharia prince, could be worth millions.

7 thoughts on “Fox's Fairly Imbalanced Pro-Muslim Influence”

  1. Thanks Sheik! The news needs to get out about Fox being bought up by Wahabbists. These same Wahabbists who are in cahoots (they signed a pact) with the Muslim Brotherhood and all who have signed agreements to work together with such ilk as Al Qaeda, Hamas and hezbollah. There are many more associated with the military arm of The Muslim Brotherhood too. And most all (I can’t find one that isn’t) Muslim organizations in the USA are also associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The MSA (Muslim Student Association) is their first one they started, the recruiting arm of the Muslim Brotherhood who also supports Hamas and other miscreant Jihadists overseas and abroad.

    Alwalweed bought 4.5% shares, and that went up to 17% shares. This January, he is eyeing buying some more of Fox news parent Corps.

    He already has shares in Disney and Time Warner.

    1. Have you got a link that he now holds 17 % shares?

      I know he controls CNN (Time Warner/Newsweep)

      Its also obvious when you watch the garbage they produce…..

  2. It’s no surprise that the Arabs are trying to use their oil money to buy the Western media and control their content, but this is the Internet Age, and all media are becoming increasingly irrelevant. So instead of pointing fingers at the media, look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are still an Islam history ignoramus, or are an Islam historyscoper that can post letters and articles spreading your knowledge. Learn it all free online with moi, to get started just reserve some time and click the url.

  3. I agree History!

    We are becoming increasingly more reliant on internet news than mainstream media news. CNN, Fox et all are beomig irrelevant.
    The problem is this…they know how to control all media and the Prince has influence with the POTUS who can influence the internet with one wave of his hand. He controls the FCC, or so it seems.

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  5. Jim, the calendar is computer generated.

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  6. 17% isn’t enough to be a majority, to have control. Although it is alarming that he is buying stock in American companies. I think they are trying to take over America.

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