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Op-Ed: Does Saudi Prince Haunt Murdoch?

Who knows what is behind the current Murdoch troubles? Can it have something to do with the subtle changes on Fox News?
Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 11:44 PM


Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal…this is the man who donated $27 million to Palestinian terrorists during a Saudi “telethon.”

This is the man who offered Mayor Rudy $10 million upon the proposition that we, the United States, admit that we ourselves were responsible for 9/11.

Mayor Rudy said, “No thanks.”

Rupert Murdoch, however, said thanks when Alwaleed offered to buy a share of Murdoch’s empire, and thus Alwaleed became the company’s second largest shareholder at between five and 10 percent.

Or perhaps it was son James Murdoch who invited in the Prince. Rupert Murdoch is known as a friend of Israel.

Not so James, who sits on the hot seat before an investigative committee at Parliament on the matter of widespread phone/email-hacking – COINCIDENTALLY on 9/11 survivors -- which threatens to bring down the entire house that Murdoch built.

James Murdoch once referred to those “F…Israelis” in a meeting with former prime minister Tony Blair – as revealed by Blair’s top aide Alastair Campbell. 

Liberals, before rejoicing against Fox News…remember the sins of Jayson Blair at The New York Times and the sins of CNN in Middle East reporting when news director Eason Jordan admitted that CNN withheld Saddam’s atrocities to keep its news operation safe and secure in Baghdad and elsewhere…and the sins of the Washington Post’s Janet Cooke, where a faked story won a Pulitzer. So hold the gloating. 

Let’s not even talk about the sins of the BBC and NPR, which fired its only African-American reporter. Recall the BBC’s Middle East correspondent Fayad abu Shamala who told a Hamas gathering in Gaza, “Journalists and media organizations [are] waging the campaign shoulder to shoulder together with the Palestinian people.” (Documented in “The Bathsheba Deadline” courtesy of HonestReporting.com and Daniel Seaman from Israel’s office of media relations.)

Anyway, did Murdoch – Rupert or James or both – make a bargain with the devil?

Alwaleed immediately on arrival muscled influence over news being broadcast on Fox and surely elsewhere. Here’s a page (87) from the paperback and Kindle version of “The Bathsheba Deadline” –which reads: “and this Arab sheik already had some say about what went out over the airwaves. A banner that spoke of MUSLIM RIOTS IN FRANCE was hastily changed at Fox to CIVIC DISORDERS IN FRANCE after a phone call from the sheik.”

There have been other shifts in tone at Fox News since Alwaleed came on board.

Middle East reporter Reena Ninan usually blames “both sides” when Israel retaliates against any Palestinian atrocity.

At this moment Rupert and James sit before Parliament in an ongoing process to save the Murdoch Empire.

Rupert, his head bowed, opened by saying, “This is the most humble day of my life.” 

Heads have already rolled even to the top of Scotland Yard. Members of Parliament and even the prime minister are in the crosshairs, all because of ties to Murdoch, who in my view is a good man.

In my eyes as a novelist I see him as an outsider – despite his power and wealth. He is not a member of the Establishment. Here in the United States, Fox News is regarded as an intruder among the establishment (leftist) press, all because it dares to provide a different voice. 

Many are to blame for Rupert’s troubles – but what about Prince Alwaleed bin Talal?

Do you believe in curses?