FOX News “Evil” Arab Shareholder

I’m an amateur and observer, not a source.  This piece was initially simply to file an amusing annoyance.  It has become more relevant recently, see The Funding below.  So, I’ve substantially updated and posted again.


I infrequently watch the cable news channels, I don’t have cable.  I don’t find any of them very much beyond inflammatory, certainly not informative.  I have singled out FOX News just because of a video clip.  I want to keep this clip, for that reason I post it.  That said, it is also amusing and stunning in its revelation.  A self-inflicted indictment of FOX’s investigative journalism and ethics.

 

The Fox Finger Point

Jon Stewart points out that the “shady” “evil” Arab financial supporter of “radical Imams” and “terrorists” (quotes per FOX reports), is the largest shareholder in News Corp.  News Corp. is Rupert Murdoch’s and is the parent company of FOX News.

Fox News is either evil or stupid for not mentioning that Alwaleed bin Talal is News Corp.’s largest shareholder.

~ Source: Jon Stewart on The Daily Show Aug.23, 2010. See: Video

 

The Shareholder

Al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud (Arabic: الوليد بن طلال بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎) (born 7 March 1955) is a Saudi Arabian businessman and investor. He is a member of the Saudi royal family.  -wiki

Some “radical Islamic schools” Al-Waleed has funded:

Phillips Academy
In 2002, Al Waleed donated $500,000 to help fund the George Herbert Walker Bush Scholarship at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

Western Universities
On 8 May 2008, he gave £16m to Edinburgh University to fund the “centre for the study of Islam in the contemporary world.”

 

The Funding

Fox News was correct.  Sans adjectives.  I take no position on Al-waleed bin Talal, his financial transactions, or political activities.  I will note that **Wahhibism is the deeply rooted main faith of Saudi Arabia.  *Its prominence is the result of a centuries long tribal alliance that prevailed in war, unified, and still dominates the region.  The Saudi government, family members of which Al-waleed is one, support Wahhabi mosques and schools (madrassas) domestically and finance them abroad thru charities.  The problem stems from there.  **Wahhibism is a fundamentalist faith based on literal interpretation of the Koran.  The teachings have been manipulated to influence and cultivate radical Islamist thought.  This Islamist movement has even begun to impact Saudi Arabia from within and poses a volatile challenge to modernization efforts.

Recall that the majority of 911 attackers and Osama bin Laden were all Saudi nationals. There are ideological strongholds in North Africa that have evolved from Wahhibi education into activist armed conflict, regional destabilization, terrorism, death, and destruction.  From embassy bombings, extermination of Christians, to Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Al-Shabab – an armed Somali terrorist group with an Arabic name meaning “the youths”.  Recent US military servicemen ambushed and killed in Niger, Oct. 2017, will likely have been fighting such a group.  The French have been engaged by invitation of African nations to help to combat the spreading violence.

Sources

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

– Wikis and my memory from things like The Atlantic and Council on Foreign Relations, CFR.org

* “The emergence of what was to become the Saudi royal family, known as the Al Saud, began in Nejd in central Arabia in 1744, when Muhammad bin Saud, founder of the dynasty, joined forces with the religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, founder of the Wahhabi movement, a strict puritanical form of Sunni Islam. This alliance formed in the 18th century provided the ideological impetus to Saudi expansion and remains the basis of Saudi Arabian dynastic rule today. ” ~ wiki Saudi Arabia

**Excerpt from PBS Frontline:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/saudi/analyses/wahhabism.html

wahhabism
For more than two centuries, Wahhabism has been Saudi Arabia’s dominant faith. It is an austere form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Koran. Strict Wahhabis believe that all those who don’t practice their form of Islam are heathens and enemies. Critics say that Wahhabism’s rigidity has led it to misinterpret and distort Islam, pointing to extremists such as Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. Wahhabism’s explosive growth began in the 1970s when Saudi charities started funding Wahhabi schools (madrassas) and mosques from Islamabad to Culver City, California…PBS Frontline

 

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