Alwaleed’s long march through U.S. institutions is a mainly post-9/11 progression greased by his purchase of a 5.6 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, 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….
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.
Bernie at Planck’s Constant is talking about FOX contributor Charles Krauthammer’s recent comments on Islam, and wondering if FOX sent out marching orders. It’s well-worth thinking about. Read it at Planck’s Constant.