Boy, this one sure slipped under the radar! Trento's piece came
out on Feb. 3.
Funny how no one--but no one--is accusing Rupert
Murdoch of selling out to (or "palling around with") terrorists....
Fox News Can't Upset
Murdoch's Saudi Prince
Last month I
appeared on Fox News Network's morning show, Fox and Friends, to
talk about airline security.
appearances end up as clips on the Fox News Web site. Granted, the
Steve Doocy interview was hardly groundbreaking, but that is seldom a
criterion for feeding the beast that is a major cable network news
I was quoted in a written piece on the site that got a fair amount of
pick-up, but no video.
It was not until
a few days later that I learned what may have been behind the absence
of a video clip on the Web
site. I had said
to Doocy that Saudi Arabian money was still financing Al Qaeda. Doocy
did not react to my comment. But ten days later I learned that Fox's
parent company, News Corporation, was, at the time of my interview,
negotiating with a Saudi prince to vastly increase his stake in the
The notorious Prince
Alwaleed bin Talal, nephew to the Saudi king, met with Rupert Murdoch
in Hong Kong on Jan. 14. The prince issued a press release after the
meeting stating that the prince's Kingdom Holding Company had
discussions that "touched upon future potential alliances with
By the time I
appeared on Fox News, Prince Alwaleed was about to become News Corp's
fourth largest voting shareholder (behind the Murdoch family, Liberty
Media, and Fidelity Management & Research Co, a mutual fund).
The prince has repeatedly defended his homeland as a problem-free
place. What he has failed to mention is that he has personally
donated huge amounts of money to the families of Palestinian suicide
bombers. Alwaleed is the
same Saudi prince who made headlines right after 9/11 when he
personally went to Ground Zero and offered then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani a $10 million check
for the relief efforts. But Alwaleed could not keep his mouth shut. He
released a bizarre statement that blamed the attacks - not on the 15
airline hijackers from Saudi Arabia - but on the United States'
support of Israel. Giuliani, "America's mayor," saw a political
opportunity and, confident that his reaction was appropriate,
immediately refused the prince's donation. He said: "There is no
moral equivalent for this attack."
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