Saudi prince influences Fox News coverage

You can’t even believe Fox News anymore.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul aziz Al-Saud said at a news conference in Dubai that he called up Rupert Murdoch and complained about the company’s coverage of the Paris riots.

In response, the company altered its news coverage.

“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,” Campaign Middle East magazine quoted the prince as saying.

“He investigated the matter and called Fox and within half an hour it was changed from ‘Muslim riots’ to ‘civil riots’.”

The prince said his intervention had been an example of how Muslim people can change the portrayal of their religion in the western media — although few Fox viewers will have his contacts.

It is not the first time he has admitted to trying to influence Mr Murdoch’s coverage of sensitive issues. — Guardian Unlimited

Bin Talal owns 5.46% of News Corporation, Fox’s parent company.

One thought on “Saudi prince influences Fox News coverage

  • December 9, 2006 at 9:08 am

    Fox was pretty much our last hope for finding out what these characters are up to.

    The pundits and commentators never claimed to be fair or balanced, nor should they, it’s not their job.

    Overall, Fox News itself “was” fair and balanced. But now that baby’s out with the bath water.

    Guess what kids, we’ll never know what these extremist savages are up to. Consider how many stories associated with “muslims” appeared briefly, then nothing was heard about the case again. RE: Coptic Christians in New Jersey, entire family butchered.

    No doubt in my mind it was phony converts from islam to Christianity, and the family believed them sincere, let them in the home, and the family was butchered. Yet the story disappeared. I do not recall ever hearing of an arrest, or a follow up. Why is that? Does our government fear that Americans are fed up enough to lay waste to the muslim population?

    So next time you’re watching the news, just as with the African American muslim that wanted to set off hand grenades in a mall, and wanted to go “shank a bunch of Jews” –and when you realize part of the story’s missing (ie. “shank a bunch of Jews”) or the story disappears–maybe, just maybe you’ll have enough social conscience to at least write a letter to the news source that first broke the story, complain loud and hard, and often–

    It’s up to us now to get the truth, clearly we can’t trust any of the so called “news” sources any more.

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