Accuracy in Media

Fox News Correspondent James Rosen reported on Wednesday night that a “major investor in the parent company” of Fox News has been implicated in financing the terrorist group al-Qaeda. Rosen made the embarrassing disclosure in a story on the channel’s “Special Report” show hosted by Bret Baier.

The alleged al-Qaeda financier, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, is a very close friend of Rupert Murdoch and his family, who control major media companies like News Corp and 21st Century Fox. The latter is now the parent company of the Fox News Channel.

The second largest shareholder in the Fox News parent company after the Murdoch family, Alwaleed has been addressed as “Your Highness” during his appearances on the network. His recent appearances have made him sound moderate, while denouncing Islamic extremism and the ISIS terrorist group.

Fox News is to be congratulated for reporting on a developing scandal that puts its chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rupert Murdoch, in a very bad light.

A video posted by Alwaleed’s company, Kingdom Holdings, shows Alwaleed and Murdoch warmly embracing at one of several intimate meetings they have held over the years. Alwaleed has also met regularly with Murdoch’s liberal son, James Murdoch, the co-chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox.

Shortly after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Alwaleed offered a $10 million contribution to a 9/11 fund for families and victims. Then-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani rejected the money because Alwaleed had blamed the terror attacks on U.S. Middle East policy.

Rosen, a hard-charging investigative reporter, really had no alternative but to cover the damaging disclosures. The allegations were made by Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker of 9/11, and provided in the form of a sworn statement to attorneys for families of 9/11 victims for their lawsuit against Saudi Arabia. He is serving a life sentence at a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

Fifteen of the 19 terrorist hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks came from Saudi Arabia, and the role of the Saudi government and its top officials and citizens in the massacre of nearly 3.000 Americans on that day has been a matter of controversy ever since.

Rosen said Moussaoui’s sworn statement named Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal,“a leading Saudi businessman and major investor in the parent company of this network,” as one of the financiers of al-Qaeda.

But Alwaleed is much more than just an investor in Murdoch’s companies. He is also a personal friend of Murdoch’s who boasted in 2005 that a phone call to Murdoch resulted in the Fox News Channel altering its coverage of Muslim riots in France, in order to eliminate references to the religious affiliation of the Muslim extremists.

“I picked up the phone and called Murdoch and said that I was speaking not as a shareholder, but as a viewer of Fox. I said that these are not Muslim riots, they are riots,” Alwaleed reportedly said. “He [Murdoch] investigated the matter and called Fox and within half an hour it was changed from ‘Muslim riots’ to ‘civil riots.’”

I asked Murdoch about this at the 2006 annual meeting of News Corporation. He confirmed that a call from Alwaleed had resulted in the change. Murdoch said the change was made after it was determined that there was also a Catholic role in the riots. I had never heard or seen it reported anywhere that there was a Catholic role in the riots.

In 2002, it was revealed that Alwaleed had contributed $500,000 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood front that has boasted of influence over Fox entertainment programs. The bio for Nihad Awad, CAIR’s Executive Director and co-founder, describes how he “has successfully led negotiations with Fortune 500 companies and Hollywood film corporations on issues of concern to American Muslims. These issues include religious discrimination in the workplace, racial and religious profiling, negative stereotypes about Muslims in major Hollywood films, and products that are offensive to Muslims.”

In recent years, however, Alwaleed has postured as an opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups. In 2013, for example, he announced the sacking of Tarek Al-Suwaidan as director of one of his TV channels because of his Muslim Brotherhood ties. Alwaleed said at the time that he was opposed to “the Brotherhood terrorist movement.”

The channel is a part of Alwaleed’s Rotana Group, an Arab media conglomerate based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that is partly owned by News Corp.

On the October 26, 2014, “Sunday Morning Futures” Fox News Channel program hosted by Maria Bartiromo, Alwaleed declared that Saudi Arabia was opposed to the terrorist group ISIS, regarded by many experts as a spin-off from al-Qaeda.

The following exchange took place:

Bartiromo: Prince Alwaleed, what do you say to those out there who say that Saudi Arabia has had a history of supporting and funding some extremists, particularly in Syria, for example? Do you believe Saudi Arabia should take some responsibility for ISIS even being formed?

Alwaleed: Well, the whole world has to take responsibility, not only—I mean, there is no doubt there are some Saudis, like there are some people in the United States, like in Europe, in some other Arab countries, who really are (INAUDIBLE) and support these terrorist groups.

Alwaleed didn’t explain who these Saudis or other people were. He went on to tell “Maria” that she should “rest assured” because Saudi Arabia “right now has enacted laws” against supporting terrorist groups.

During another appearance with Bartiromo, Alwaleed called ISIS a “disease” that has to be eradicated.

While Alwaleed is now putting the best face on what the Saudis and other “moderate” Muslims are supposedly doing around the world to counter terrorism, his behind-the-scenes influence on the Murdoch empire continues to generate controversy. Speculation emerged recently that Alwaleed’s influence was a factor in the Fox News Channel’s apology for covering Muslim-dominated “no-go zones” in Europe where non-Muslims and police fear to enter.

The unwarranted apology dismayed conservatives who were counting on Fox News to cover the growing problem of the Islamization of Europe.

It is curious that as the Moussaoui allegations against Alwaleed and other Saudi officials and citizens were making news, it was suddenly disclosed that Alwaleed was reducing his stake in News Corp while maintaining his investment in 21st Century Fox.

Alwaleed’s organization, Kingdom Holding, discussed the change in stock ownership in an announcement featuring a photo of Alwaleed and Murdoch walking through what appears to be a newsroom. It said Alwaleed remains “fully supportive of Rupert Murdoch and his family.”

The disclosures of a Saudi role in financing al-Qaeda is a subject that deserves more follow-up from Fox News and other media organizations.

To its credit, the Fox News website is now running a follow-up story noting that the new charges are prompting calls for the declassification and release of 28 classified pages of the full report on 9/11. The role of Saudi Arabia in the attacks is said to be a major topic covered in the 28 pages.

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  • Phred

    It’s only a “scandal” because it’s Fox News.

  • judiann1

    These transnational conglomerates are all part of take over just as their military ISIS. International strategy, international slaughter and taxpayers worldwide are financing it. Time for FAUX everyone!

  • missieb2000

    did you just make up gobbledy gook babblings and some key words in this ‘response’?

  • gkam

    It is only a scandal, Phred, because they mass-murdered hundreds of thousands of civilians in this game of power and oil money.

    It is now time for prosecutions.

  • gkam

    How many readers here got fooled, suckered, taken, by the screams of “WMD!” and “Bring ’em on!” coming from two draft-dodgers cowering in their Undisclosed Locations??

    How many of you volunteered to go do it?

    Come on, worms, man up and admit it.

  • judiann1

    No but your forgiven for the dumb down because while your suckered into believing the other BS you are too distracted to notice the same crew is spraying toxins all over your head, your family and the planet.

  • judiann1

    No but you are forgiven for the dumb down because while you are distracted watching this BS the same crew is busy spraying toxins all over your head, your family and the planet.

  • judiann1

    toxins, heavy metals, pharma testing, weather mod … you get it … right?

  • SunnyJS

    Why is it embarrassing to Fox News? They are traded on the public exchanges, and anyone can buy the shares. How would they know about terrorist connections if govt. spies don’t? Now they know when made public & own investigators uncover.

  • Phakt

    The same Prince gave Obama 500Mil for GM…….

  • missieb2000

    non sequitor much? Take your meds, call your therapist, have moms make you some early dinner. You’ll be fine.

  • judiann1

    No pharma meds for me, a Dr in psychology and GHW Bush regime killed my moms with aerial spraying of the population years ago just as the laws his idiotic son changed on the CLEAN AIR ACT before he left office. Let’s hear your proof otherwise arsehole!

  • missieb2000

    arse? If I had a nickel for every “phd” who claimed to be more than they said, I could close my store and retire to Curacao. I bet your moms is still alive and watching Springer. You have simply thrown out a batch of accusations and now you are trying to salvage it with a fake dead mum. Prove what you said or shut up, trolly.

  • truthwillout

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ follow it !

  • missieb2000 Your moms could have died turning tricks for all I know. The clean air act was killing industry. STDs got your mom.

  • missieb2000

    so do you use name brand aluminum foil for your hat or just go with a store brand?

  • missieb2000

    so store brand aluminium foil then?

  • Andrew Macgregor

    America is dying because they’re both not being given a fair trial for their involvement in 9/11.

  • Andrew Macgregor

    As if there’s a difference between fascist Obama and fascist Murdoch.

  • Stephen Zachary

    Have you seen this Cliff?…/somethings-up-in-the-gold…

  • Concerned JD Grandmother

    This is why we need Trump to divest of his holdings in the Middle East. They will always use that influence and connections to further the goals f the Global Caliphate and that puts Americans in serious danger.

  • Sparks13

    Apparentlt Fox and it’s reporters are the only ones that didn’t know that Saudi Arabia’s royal and wealthy have been financing terrorists for decades. So they finally tripped over a pile of shit to big to lie away. Whoopee.

  • Phil me Cracken

    You are no PHD, you are nothing but an online loony tune.

  • deanrd

    Neither one was born here and one outright hates the American government. Guess which one.

  • ehmcclary

    Doesn’t anyone have a problem with the logic of this story. I don’t know about the reliability of any of this however , The Jihadists and the terrorists want to bring down the royal family and distribute their oil wealth to the rest of Islam? Does it seem believable to anyone they would support any radicals with a stated claim like that?

  • Melinda Craig

    That he returned.

  • Jake

    I can’t stand Obama, but please get your effing head out of your ass!

  • serious woman

    Just great.

  • riversideCA

    Less talk, more revolution

  • Unite_Blue

    This is just Tuesday night for Hillary. What difference, at this point, does it really make?

  • Topher Jones

    Wow you repubtards abd Fox news koolaid drinkers just don’t see it. The Saudi royal family owns over 10% of Fox holdings. Not your average investor and had to be tracked by the Gov. And you are feeding the coffers of the terrorists by watching. I had Fox removed from my cable channels.

  • islamroastschildren

    “Foxnews is to be congratulated..”? Really? Congratulated for supporting a TERROR CULT killing AMERICANS?

  • freddy friday

    Fox News terrorist organization

  • Dolph

    So this is the guy who was hurried onto the white house today with a no press secret meeting with barry. Is he giving barry instructions to whip down the upcoming election into a frozen standstill….is he writing more checks to hillary, is he dating Valerie jarret…

  • losira

    Fox is a Muslim station….I’ve said this for months…FOX owned by Saudis ….ala weed. Royal family…Funds ISIS!.. REAL PATRIOTIC….LOL….NO WONDER THEY DEMEAN WOMEN!…WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM MUSLIMS!

  • losira

    Red China their air and water is killing their people….industry booming…people dying poison rivers….bad air…during their Olympics our U S team complained about their smog commie air…short of breath while trying to jog in the morning…do you want that kind of poison air here?…. Bad enough those red Chinese commie Maoist dirtbags eat dogs skin cats live!