Accuracy in Media

WASHINGTON—Accuracy in Media (AIM) is urging a full inquiry into a report that a Saudi billionaire caused the Fox News Channel (FNC) to dramatically alter its coverage of the Muslim riots in France after he called the network to complain. The Saudi billionaire, Al-waleed bin Talal, is a friend of News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch and controls an influential number of voting shares in the company.

“This report underscores the danger of giving foreign interests a significant financial stake in U.S. media companies,” declared Cliff Kincaid, editor of Accuracy in Media. 

The controversial comments came at an Arab media conference featuring representatives of Time magazine, USA Today, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, and other news organizations. The conference and the Saudi Prince’s growing influence in News Corporation are among the subjects of a new December-A AIM Report that has just been posted at the AIM website (http://www.aim.org). The report raises the specter of Arab money influencing News Corporation and other U.S. media companies. 

Liberal journalist Danny Schechter, a participant in the conference, reports that Al-waleed, who is a member of the Saudi Royal Family and investor in the Fox News parent company News Corporation, gave an interview boasting that he had called Fox to complain about coverage of the “Muslim riots” in France. He said he “called as a viewer” and “convinced them to change” the coverage because “they were not Muslim riots but riots against poverty and inequality.” And “they changed” the coverage, the Saudi reportedly said. 

Another report on the comments, carried by the Dubai-based newspaper the Khaleej Times, says that Al-waleed personally called Rupert Murdoch to complain. The Saudi said, “After a short while, there was a change” in the coverage.

An AIM call to Fox News asking for comment was not returned. 

This is not the first time that Al-waleed has made controversial statements. His $10 million contribution to a 9/11 fund was rejected when he blamed the terror attacks on U.S. Middle East policy. Fifteen of the 19 terrorist hijackers on 9/11 came from Saudi Arabia.

Accuracy In Media (AIM) is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.

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Comments

  • And this is why I get my news from the Daily Show and the Colbert Report.

  • Those aren’t really news, you know that right? It satire.

  • Tucker43

    MSNBS, John Stewart and Steven Colbert are the main stream media for those of us who do not bleeet on the way to the dinner table.

  • Tucker43

    And if you actually listen, you might get some real news.

  • How did they report the Muslim riots?

  • Conservative NJ Girl

    Yet you bleeeet here… MSNBC, John Stewart and Steven Colbert are not news media outlets… what a tool….

  • margaret

    Funny how this group never complains about bias from cnn or msnbc or other leftist tv “news” groups….npr comes to mind….

  • and we wonder why the country is in such a mess, people getting news from comedy shows. Geez!

  • Isabella1709

    My, my, is this the same prince that pressured Obama to release/deport the Saudi student that figures into the Boston Marathon bombing? Must be why the MSM was blatantly blaming right wingers before the Muslim men were discovered. Gosh what disappointment! Iam sure that is why Obama is clinging to the story that there are no other muzzy groups involved, like Al Queda.

  • Bill_Fan

    …as Muslim riots…

  • Keith Lacey

    SNORE!!! FNC blows the other trash out of the water in ratings, so the progressive/communist media needs to come up with fantastic stories to make excuses for their poor performance.

  • Keith Lacey

    NONE of the three are hard news. And quite frankly, MSNBC wouldn’t know the truth if it bitch slapped them….

  • MatildaCBelle

    First of all, if AIM is monitoring ALL the channels, why is there nothing about the blatant lies from the liberals? They slant EVERYTHING to make conservatives look bad and when called out on it, they DO NOT apologize nor do they retract the bad information.

  • Obama has bows to Saudi King….. Obama meets with Saudi rep after Boston Marathon…Michelle goes to hospital to see Saudi student, “person of interest” in bombing……. Obama administration getting Saudi student “person of interest” out of the country. And now Saudi billionaire is trying to “ruin” Fox News……… hmmm lots of BS in this one!

  • So, why isn’t AIM asking the “media” to report on the murdering abortionist??? That IS news, isn’t it???

  • right, “a Liberal journalist reports”. Probably paid by BHO to destroy Fox so that the truth about anything will never come out. The schmuck in chief is getting very desparate

  • I listen only to The Blaze for truth and all other channels for fun. Fox was blocked from reporting what 6 Congressmen turned over to the Blaze about the Saudi National…why?

  • MaeBelle Barger

    So true….Fox blows them all away with fair and balanced reporting and therefore the highest ratings….

  • MaeBelle Barger

    Good Point!!

  • MaeBelle Barger

    The Liar in Chief is up to his old tricks…its all getting really OLD!!!!

  • I doubt that, do you have a link?

  • BAN THE CLAN! The Rupert Murdoch Clan! This criminal group has the dirty on every politician it ever rubbed elbows with in audio, video and still pictures of them at their worst. Which is the only reason none of them are in jail as the average person would be under the same circumstance.

  • bruno

    Second hand hearsay, from a group with an agenda. Now that’s got to be true.

  • Timewarped

    The Arabs know the Western mind can be bought into submission … they’d don’t really need force to do that … just money

  • I absolutely buy it,i watch fox over other news outlets ,but any informed viewer knows that they arent reporting everything…If they were reporting everything,they would be reporting on the saudi terrorist that obama sent back home,knowing he was on the terrorist watch list.

  • FM

    saudi billionaire mind your own business …… you stay over there and keep your trash money ,we don’t want it , when obummer comes over does he ”’ bow ”’ or kiss hand ??? offer our muslim president a job …………

  • FM

    great point , liberals can say anything ……….. but we can’t [conservatives ] theres a double standard going on for some time , i’m sick of it, cnn , cbs , abc , msnbc , nbc , they are not for this country ,you can watch the garbage ,but they are not for whats right. they are liberal bias idiots , morons ……

  • Garry

    John Stewart of the Daily Show didn’t know the difference between the US Deficit and US Debt. Said there was no US Debt when Bush took office. That’s where you get your news? We’re in real trouble…

  • ron

    all media has investors from over seas controlling it,

  • ron

    MSNBC among the worst at slanting and out right lying.

  • because there not owned by Saudi,s

  • their not supposed to be their supposed to be impartial and jst report not take sides or root for the GOP like fox does

  • You forgot they have preferred status entering the country. No standing in line or pat downs like US citizens as I understand it. Coming or going.

  • Get Real People

    You get your information from a comedy network? SMH

  • usluv

    Oh enough BS

  • lraivala

    So you say…

  • lraivala

    Are you retarded? The left-winged lame stream media channels only champion the liberal cause and ideology.

  • bill

    theres your problem dumbass. they are wannabe comedians not journalists.

  • lraivala

    They have mentioned him at least 3 times that I know of. They even have former UN Ambassador John Bolyon talking about it. Now, are they running it 24/7 NO. But they are the only ones I know of talking about the saudi other than the very first day of the bombing then it was back track everyday since or the other media outlets.

  • lraivala

    Not to mention altering video.

  • lraivala

    hahahaha, imbeciles all of you lemmings that watch them and think they have a clue.

  • lraivala

    Please give us a clue as to which muslim riots you are referring to.

  • lraivala

    If what you say is true, maybe they should release the “Audio, Video, Still pictures” and we could put the politician’s in jail. I think you forgot to eat your wheaties this morning.

  • Bill_Fan

    I assumed Jim was talking about the French Muslim riots.

  • rsqme1

    Note that AIM does not show any proof that anything happened, just that some billionaire says he did it. How is that Accuracy in Media? I say I am the King of all Living things….so it must be true….and worth reporting on!

  • rsqme1

    Neither is Fox, the Saudi is an investor, like anyone else would that saw a good product that people like and believe in.

  • Vexious

    you lying hacks

  • T Gantt

    Fox is another propaganda player just like the rest of lying news media. If Fox news was truthful I don’t think we would have replaced the worst president in history with himself.

  • Arianna

    The prince is totally justified in wheat he did. How can this news article spin the reality backwards and suggest the riot was not about poverty and inequality?! Of course it is! It’s not about being Muslim.

  • Blue

    These Saudis are bankrolling terrorism on behalf of the MIC. This prince owns a seven percent stake in FNC. How you evil idiots can twist this into it being yet another vast liberal media conspiracy only proves that you are tools. People like you can’t get along in life without enemies to hate upon. Even your fellow citizens. I dislike Obama AND Faux too. Both are sellouts and traitors to our country. Just like Bush and Clinton and Reagan and Carter. Got an answer for that? I bet you don’t because you’re a pigeon, so comfortable with your little hole. There is no left or right wing Big Media. They all support the status quo of the Bankers. But as long as they have TOOLS like you around, they can sit back and laugh while you and your ilk fight amongst each other over idiotic tripe like this.

  • Wiseoldlady

    Have you seen the Bush’s kisses to the Arabs? Why don’t you go look at the Pix? Also, the Bush’s let the family of Bin Laden’s leave Houston during 9/11—! It as the only air craft given clearance!

  • JtheL

    He owns a percentage of Fox News. He is a co-owner.

  • ckd

    Hahaha, no, just no, dont

  • ckd

    Bill Maher is better, I agree

  • bruce lorraine

    I watched Fox right up until I found out that a member of he Saudi Royal Family purchased a stake in News Corp making him the the #2 shareholder in the corperation. The jihadists do it with bomb vests in other parts of the world, in America the jihadists do it with lawfare in ?tealth mode. The goals are the same, only the tactics are different up until their population in America grows large enough for the genocide to begin. Americans should keep an eye on what is left of Europe as the civilization jihad has progressed further there than it has in America. The ‘no go zones’ posted for sharia patrolled areas, the beheadings, grooming/rape gangs, etc. all of their tactics are coming to America, it’s just a matter of when.

    Curious that this article is making the rounds again.

  • bruce lorraine

    Not so fair and balanced if Fox is being influenced by a member of the Saudi Royal Family to downplay the jihad going on in Europe and America.

  • Beckwith

    The above was written by a person educated in the state school system and promoted every year.

  • James Burns

    and jr kissed them in the lips so whats your point

  • James Burns

    becasue it is not their business it is no ones business but the person who had the abortion and god. and last i saw you were not god. i love how you fools love to use the bible when it is convenient to you. you act so moral but have none. stay out of other peoples business and they will stay out of yours

  • James Burns

    when it comes to facts faux cant touch them. you fools who watch fox love comedy because they have told you over and over again they are entertainment not a news outlet

  • James Burns

    fox news is owned by a man who is Australian. he is not even american and you so called american’s cant even get that straight, this man spied on the queen and parliment and everyone else under the sun,. he got caught and had to shut his largest paper down and that was nothing more than smut. you people who watch fox need an awakening and you are about to get it in the next few days when the people you back are paraded across the screens doing the perp walk

  • James Burns

    and further more they are on comedy central lol

  • Steve Batts

    @Jthel, haven’t you learned not to bump heads with idiot Fox and clueless friends trolls.

  • Steve Batts

    source???

  • Steve Batts

    and how many are back on the battlefield that dubya released 400 plus?? MY BAD I WAS WRONG!! Republicans are acting as if Obama never should have done this. Senator Lindsey Graham is talking impeachment if Obama releases any more prisoners or tries once again to close Gitmo. Yet, in 2009, PolitiFact confirmed that “More than 500 Guantánamo detainees were released or transferred under Bush.”

  • Steve Batts

    Don’t you get headaches from butting heads with fox trolls?

  • Steve Batts

    Frenched and held hands. dubya outted.

  • Steve Batts

    sources

  • Betty J Rousey

    I believe that is another thing that Fox has taught its viewers, Steve. Sources are not needed….

  • Betty J Rousey

    Because in this country, and all others except possibly the Middle East, it is not murder. It is abortion. It is why the term abortion isn’t used when a little baby dies. Get over it. Go do something useful like feed a hungry child who has already been born

  • Margaret Mills

    No source. He pulled it out of his ass.

  • mike vito

    Bush 41 personal friend of the Bin Laden/Saudi family, allows Saudis Red Carpet treatment & influence into the US government & our markets. How did Jobs, Pay, Economy, deficit, & debt look after RayGun & Bush, & Bush & Quayle? Gas prices? bush 43 installed by republiKlan judge Scalia & Diebold, has white house full of Saudis & Bin Laden family friends on 9/11, all are allowed to Violate No Fly Order, as they tour the carnage below & admire the craft of their fallen son Bin, with help from bushCO., & their ignoring & denying the pre 9/11 Warnings! (See Clarke report) What did bush leave us with again? Answer? Show verifications.

  • mike vito

    Not only did Nixon bow to foreign dictators, but bush, RayGun & Dumbsfeld, & a host of other republiKlan cabinet members as well. See Sadam & bushCo., hugging it out. Hypcrites! Only the republiKlans Can! We had No trouble in the middle East, til Ike ‘R’ & Churchhill Took Out an Iranian elected leader, leading to the Iran Hostage Crisis, handed over to Carter to deal with! See History!

  • mike vito

    “Murdering?” Pro Choice is or was a Woman’s Right! Until republiKlans started stripping it & others away. USA? USA? It’s also a Private Health Issue, republiKlans have no Right to Murder people by Bombing clinics, & Shooting Doctors in Church, while doing their service under The LAW! They even go so low as to dig in hospital dumpsters & use an undeveloped fetus, that was miscarried by some poor expecting mother, as a media propaganda tool, without consent or permission, to shame a Woman’s Rights! USA? USA? See FUX Noise.

  • mike vito

    Betty deserves far more recognition. Unfortunately, Facts don’t set too well with those that fly with hypocrisy & lies.

  • mike vito

    Obama sent Osama Bin Laden to the bottom of the ocean! Captured all of his chashe’ of plots to Bomb & Terrorize America & the rest of the globe. Same deal with Khadaffy. bush Refused to even Look for Bin Laden, boasted about it, republiKKKlans cheered him on. bush Allowed Bin to escape through Tora Bora. Torture Didn’t Work for 8 Years! Not a shred was used by Obama to Kill him! Now we have the Taliban & ISIS in the middle East against all things American! See history! Who got us Out of bush’s Iraq til then? What Exit Strategy did bush have? What did bush leave us with again? .

  • mike vito

    Ron! Start posting your list of MSNBC lies! They Can’t lie & get away with it! If they mistake a person with the same exact name, with one not involved, they make a retraction & an apology, FUX does Not! MSNBC is Registered, Award Winning, & Accredited! FUX is not! Like Lush Limburger! See his credentials. Post how many of them have a Journalists License or a College Degree! Waiting. Dare to Compare! Waiting!

  • mike vito

    Whatever, at least their entertainment is fact based. “Bleed?” How many FUX Noise liars are Involved with & Donate heavily to poverty stricken individuals in need of food, shelter, jobs, & education?

  • mike vito

    Dare to Compare! Show us!

  • mike vito

    One would never know by watching FUX that this president has been the clean up crew, & has done a remarkable job of restoring bush’s loss of our Economy, Homes, Home Values, Jobs, Pay, Peace, Health Care, & Infrastructure. They also fail to report the damage done by CONgress & their 500 + Obstructions! How many Billions did their Default/Government Shut Down Cost US? How much of bush’s Record Deficit/Debt has Obama paid up on + interest to the Communists? FUX ‘W’on’t tell you. Why?

  • mike vito

    CONservative, check out the credentials, journalistic license, awards, & degrees held by MSNBC, compared to FUX! Why can’t MSNBC commit lies & slander, but FUX can & Does?

  • Keith Lacey

    Open your eyes and ears. Any person with half a brain can figure out the truth….

  • Keith Lacey

    Open you damned eyes and watch a few programs …… DA

  • WalKing

    The issue that most people don’t know is that Fox itself knows it’s not about reporting news unbiased, they are the equivalent of a gossip paper, like the Star, or the Enquirer. You know those BS papers at the checkout line. They don’t want you to know the truth, they want to make money providing fodder to the masses. Just like those that believe those bogus papers, they are fools that believe that yellow journalism crap. The same kind of people who think wrestling is real.

  • E.L. Woody

    And the Aussies!

  • E.L. Woody

    There is no comparison. FOX NEWS is officially an entertainment network, not a news network. Check it out yourself if you are intelligent enough to do your own research.

  • Keith Lacey

    You obviously are not….

  • E.L. Woody

    FOX watcher discovers he has been watching entertainment, not news. Denies it. FOX viewers, an audience of mentally deficient deniers.
    http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=1437

  • E.L. Woody

    I am still wondering why Murdoch’s American companies were not investigated for the same wiretapping as they did in UK.

  • E.L. Woody

    FUX is a foreign propaganda machine spouting the orders of it’s Aussie and Saudi owners.

  • kianie

    a little research will tell you he only owns 7% of the stock and 40% of the voting rights on that 7% are not allowed a vote, thus he has 3.5% voting rights compared to Murdocks 80% …. yep he has a lot of pull. present the whole truth and people might listen…

  • kianie

    A little research will tell you he only owns 7% of the stock and 40% of the voting rights on that 7% are not allowed a vote, thus he has 3.5% voting rights compared to Murdocks 80% …. yep he has a lot of pull. present the whole truth and people might listen. It would be nice to have some honest reporting in this century.

  • Keith Lacey

    Dear MORON…. John Stewart IS the entertainment. It is not in any way shape or form NEWS. Get your facts straight idiot.

  • Keith Lacey

    Says who?! John Stewart,?! Geese you are a koolaid drinking socialist aren’t you?!….. STFU until you pull your head out of your ass and join the real world!

  • E.L. Woody

    FOX is the entertainment, not news, channel. You are just not smart enough to google it. Fox depends on mentally deficient as this is their target audience. You being the perfect example of that low IQ audience they pander to. http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/09/16/jon-stewart-lobbies-congress-for-9-11-first-responders

  • E.L. Woody

    Low IQ Fox target audience such as you should maybe find out what is real news and what is not. FOX is not news. Jon Stewart is news. Choke on that.
    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/09/16/jon-stewart-lobbies-congress-for-9-11-first-responders

  • Keith Lacey

    Ya want low IQ? Look in a mirror!

  • E.L. Woody

    Better source is Keith Lacey. Just not very smart.

  • Keith Lacey

    Speak for youself

  • E.L. Woody

    I did speak for myself. I think Keith Lacey is not very intelligent. See! I reached same conclusion, again.

  • Keith Lacey

    Gee I’m so impressed… NOT

  • Keith Lacey

    Kinda like a parrot, just repeating BS over and over with no intelligence behind it…. typical lefty scumbag….

  • E.L. Woody

    Reporting on those who murder an abortionist would be good. Thanks for the suggestion. See I do agree with you on something.

  • David Dobarganes

    Funny how the right can never actually defend any of the heinous shit they perpetrate. It’s like a ten year old got caught doing something bad. “But but but Muslims kill people too”, “But but but”, how about you actually act moral and then your self-proclaimed moral highground won’t be so incredibly hypocritical?

  • badbruce

    Fox wasn’t only influenced by alwaleed but was promoting ramadan-ding-dong
    last year. Fox has gone from being stealth liberal to aljazeera-lite.

  • badbruce

    Oh, that must making it OK. Bush was as big an idiot as our Fine Haired SOB in mom jeans in the WH when it comes to the saudi’s.

  • badbruce

    John Stewart is news is as big a joke as Fox not being influenced by the saudi’s. They’re all in the tank for the power brokers and big money elite globalists.

  • Jeffrey Raum

    What they own at Fox is nothing compared to who they own in Washington DC!

  • Neil

    Do you know Bin Laden died in 2001 from Marfan Syndrome, he was a CIA asset and they kept that boogie man alive untill they needed something to lift there approval ratings and that would go for either side of politics as they are both the same.

  • Andrew Watson

    I think this was debunked on Snopes already.

  • Robyn Dessauer Lewis

    So then what is the solution?

  • Brian Freed

    My,my,my and all this time we were forced to listen to ” the Jews own the newspapers and TV stations and the banks ” funny how a little bullshit goes a long way. Have a look at the board of directors of the top 100 world banks. Oh I see there is a Sheamus Mac Cohen an a LeRoy Levy. Thats a nice photo of one of the directors wearing a Mackenzie kilt and a furrey kippa ( Skull cap )