A Contrast: A Saudi Prince’s influence on Fox News vs. Murdoch family’s lack of influence on Rotana

Last year, Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp. significantly increased its ownership in a media entity headed by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.

Via Arabian Business:

News Corp will pay $35m for the shares, which will take its stake in Rotana to 18.97 percent. Last year, News Corp upped its stake to 14.53 percent.

The acquisition was announced after a meeting of the Rotana board chaired by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, chairman of Rotana Holding, the Saudi Gazette reported.

Rotana owns the Arab world’s largest record label and about 40 percent of the region’s movies, and operates a number of free-to-air television channels.

Conversely, Bin Talal is the second largest shareholder of Newscorp. As such, the Saudi Prince has demonstrated an ability to influence how news is portrayed on Fox News Channel. For example, back in 2005, during coverage of Muslim riots in France, Fox News displayed a banner that identified the riots for what they were – “Muslim riots”.

Bin Talal relayed what happened next, via Think Progress:

I picked up the phone and called Murdoch… (and told him) these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty. Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots.

This leads us to the kind of programming that airs on the Rotanna network. Does Rupert Murdoch or his son James have the ability to influence Rotana content? Assuming that both are appalled by songs that glorify martyrdom and programs that heap praise on hardened criminals, the answer is most likely no.

First, consider the example of Lebanese singer Fadl Shaker. During a lengthy interview he gave that appeared on Rotana Khalījīya, he sang the following song, translated thusly:

“O Mother, my religion calls me for Jihad and martyrdom.
O Mother I am going to eternity and I will not falter.
O Mother do not cry if I became one of the fallen.
Death does not scare me for my wish is to be martyred.

It’s ‘Allahu Akbar’, every time the bombs sing.
It’s Allahu Akbar, when the bullets announce their sound and chirp. It’s Allahu Akbar, the blood of my brothers is not in vain.

Victory is coming forth and righteousness has elevated its heat.
We refuse to submit and our concern is to erect our banner forever.
We refuse to bow to tyrants.
Death does not fear me and my wish is to be martyred.”

Now that you know what Saker sang, have a look at him singing it:

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Another interview that aired on a Rotana program featured a convicted and hardened criminal named Homaidan Al-Turki, who is serving a prison sentence in Colorado for – among other things – theft, human trafficking, enslavement, rape, and molestation of an Indonesian minor. One does not need this interview translated to see that Al-Turki is being a given a platform and presented to an audience that very much wants his release.

Among other things, these examples seem to demonstrate that Bin Talal has the power to exert his influence on Fox News to the point of getting the network to retract truthful reporting. Conversely, the Murdochs are either incapable or unwilling to demand Talal’s network not promote criminals and criminal behavior.


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  • Demelza

    Fox is a disappointment, and the fact that Sean Hannity even works for a partially Muslim owned Fox news makes him a disappointment. One can clearly the censorship going on, on Fox. I can see why Glenn Beck left! Sean Hannity should go work for The Blaze!

    • Kell

      Oh for goodness sake — Glenn Beck didn’t “leave” – he was fired!! For being even too nutty for Fox news, which is saying a LOT. Why he is even allowed to spew his idiocy (you can see the insanity growing and growing over the years, seriously) — on any air…. oh right – free speech and all that and apparently some nuts still are listening. Scary.

  • I wrote an article about this the other day because I got into “trouble” at Facebook because they were proclaiming how GREAT Faux News was.

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  • Pat

    I’m so frustrated! All this information goes on deaf ears when I share this with my Christian friends! Why can’t they see evil when it stares back at them!

    • Because they don’t WANT to know the Truth.

    • madxxdog

      It’s easier to do nothing and ignore whats going on in our government than to stand up and fight back. As for Fox, the only thing important to them is money and power. They play both sides of the fence,supposed conservative news and some of the worst sitcoms and entertainment shows on TV. It’s profitable business. Too many people refuse to believe that evil people are in power. Actually long ago we started trusting in fallen man to save us from our problems instead of Almighty God. We keep electing these people year after year and wonder what is wrong. Imagine how much Saudi money has ended up in the pockets of these righteous men and women. Be careful what you wish for. This is an example of how blind and deaf Christianity has become…There are currently 1,898 architects and engineers who have joined together to demand a new investigation into 911. There questions include, How can 3 towers at the trade center collapse at free fall speed from fire? The answer, they can’t. It defies the laws of physics. But anyone suggesting something other than what we were told is a loon, right? I dare anyone to look at the scientific evidence of the event and tell me the official story makes any sense. AE911truth.org But don’t be discouraged, the King of kings is coming very soon.

      • Demelza

        Besides EWTN, or CBN, Glenn Beck, Breitbart, what trust worthy news is on the teli? Glen Beck and Breitbart aren’t. There needs to be a credible conservative news on the teli.

      • Please. Stop with the Troofer stuff. I am an explosives ordinance guy having served for 28b years and the towers were NOT destroyed by “fire”. They were destroyed by the percussions, concussions and the loss of structural integrity by the exlposions of the aircraft involved..

        There are about 50 times the numbers of your “engineers” and such that have said the same things as myself.

        It would have taken about 10 years of people placing detonation charges inside those buildings.

        • Demelza

          I agree with you completely. The government conspiracy theory has already been debunked, but conspiracists refuse to listen. Oh they have eyes, but cannot see. Ears, and will not hear. It was a terrorist attack by jihadists.

          • Robert Gemerek

            right because they came to america to learn how to fly, even though they could’ve learned to fly in countries where it wouldn’t arouse suspicion. Then they had the skills to fly perfectly into the side of the pentagon, not the middle or the top but the side which would be hard for a professional pilot to hit accurately with such a huge plane. They risked bottoming out on the grass or the highway so they could hit the recently reinforced side of the building with nobody important in it? They don’t fly into the white house or the capital (which could’ve killed the president and/or very high ranking government officials and destroyed our most treasured and historic buildings) ….internationally known buildings that represent our government and country the most…..instead they fly past them and into the side of the pentagon. Come on man….it makes no sence at all.

        • Demelza

          Here is an explanation of why the steal trusses gave out at the WTC, and why it collapsed. Makes complete sense, Even steal has its bending/breaking point. Remember the truss that was found in the rubble, which was shaped like a cross? It clearly shows those trusses buckled and then broke from intense heat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXxynEDpwrA

          • EXACTLY, Demelza!

          • Demelza

            Oops, sorry Snooper, I meant to say steel, and not steal.

        • Robert Gemerek

          lmao right because it takes a decade to destroy a building….comon man don’t make stuff up.

      • Pat

        You had me agreeing with you until the last part about the towers. Shooda kept that part out of your well-written reply.

      • Kell

        No one really believes that people put explosives in there prior …. so stop using that as your reasoning. The POINT is: they knew al Qaida was planning to do exactly what they did. Maybe, MAYBE, they didn’t know the day, but they should have. The point is: it may have been allowed to happen. Deal with that, for that is possible.

        • Doug

          No one really believes? Surely you jest. Ever since I started this firestorm on here and had my patties slapped by the Shoebats I have remained silent. But the evidence (the only thing I’m concerned with) says otherwise. If you want to believe what you believe be my guest. The answers or more questions can be found in the collapse of building 7. Had that building not imploded I would have believed the original story, like you. But it did come down and not from an airplane. So let me continue to wear my tin foil hat in peace. After all none of us have anything to fear from those who reign in government, right. Everything they do is only for our good.

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  • NONAZITeabaggers!

    We get it you hate the fact that a Black Man is in the White House and the KKK and Stormfront.org wants you to “take your country back” Hitler style. Lets make a bet Obama steps down in 2016 and Rand Paul becomes Dictator and Chief since he’s clearly the Anti-Christ. His name adds up to 666.

  • NONAZITeabaggers!

    Soros=20Billion Networth
    Kochs=100Billion Networth
    Nice try though hypocrite!

  • NONAZITeabaggers!

    Correction Koch Brothers=Fascists which are polar opposite to Communists.

  • NONAZITeabaggers!

    Its obvious the Teabaggers/KKK hate Obama because of his “Muslim” name and skin color. We all know they represent everything that is wrong with America.

    • LeftWingWackos

      What is wrong with America is…. people like you! You need to stop making a fool out of yourself. Just because you are politically unsophisticated, brainwashed by the Lame Stream Media Propaganda Machine, your unpatriotic and Conservative demonizing teachers, and your goofy friends, doesn’t mean that you can post nonsense. You don’t even know what the word “fascist” means. Stop being a lemming. BTW brainiac…the KKK started out as the terrorist wing of the old Democrat Party. Also Lincoln, who freed the slaves, was a Republican. Bet your lame teachers didn’t teach you that in History class.

  • LeftWingWackos

    ‘Political Correctness’………defined…” A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”