SAUDI influence peddling and why FOX News has gone all soft on Islam

In the following interview, Radical Islam’s National Security Analyst, Ryan Mauro, speaks to Diana West, a nationally syndicated conservative American columnist and author, about the impact of the partial ownership of Fox news by Saudi Prince Alwaleed.


Radical Islam (h/t Rob E)

Ryan Mauro: You have devoted a lot of your time towards covering Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. Can you tell us about him and why he warrants this attention?

Diana West: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is usually described as a billionaire Saudi businessman, but he is also a senior member of the Saudi monarchy. He is the nephew of the Saudi dictator, King Abdullah, and the first cousin of the Saudi interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. He is also the largest stakeholder in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. outside the Murdoch family. 

Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation, embracing Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah and the world's 22nd richest person.

Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation, embracing Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah and the world’s 22nd richest person.

We may not realize it, but most of us first heard about Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in the immediate aftermath 9/11. That was when a “Saudi prince” —  it was Alwaleed — became infamous for having donated $10 million to the Twin Towers Fund only to have then-mayor Rudy Giuliani return the check.

Why did Giuliani return the check? It became clear the prince wasn’t making a donation but rather a political statement. After presenting the money, the prince issued a press release blaming the 9/11 attacks on American support for Israel — while, as Alwaleed’s statement read, “our Palestinian brethren continue to be slaughtered at the hands of the Israelis.”

GIULIANI: Look up there, Prince, the day I accept a donation of $10 million in blood money from you, you will see pigs flying up there

GIULIANI: Look up there, Prince, the day I accept a donation of $10 million in blood money from you, you will see pigs flying up there

The mayor, who had been told of the press release just moments before his daily briefing but after receiving the check, was visibly annoyed. “I entirely reject that statement,” he said. “That’s totally contrary to what I said at the United Nations,” he added, referring to his address there last Monday.

“There is no moral equivalent for this act,” the mayor said. “There is no justification for it. The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification for it when they slaughtered thousands of innocent people. And to suggest that there’s a justification for it only invites this happening in the future. It is highly irresponsible and very, very dangerous.”

Back then, all the FOX News commentators spoke out in favor of Rudy’s decision and condemned the Saudi Prince’s efforts to buy influence in the media.

Following Giuliani’s rebuff, Alwaleed opened his purse in 2002 to the families of killers instead, donating a whopping $27 million to a Saudi telethon raising money for the Committee for the Support of the al-Quds Intifada, a Saudi “charity” chaired by the then-Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia (now Crown Prince Nayef, another uncle of Alwaleed’s). He gave $500,000 that same year to CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas-linked group.


But soon, the Saudi billionaire was spending his money quite differently. In 2005, Alwaleed purchased a 5.5 percent stake of voting stock in the Murdoch-owned News Corp (he now owns 7 percent). He also spent $40 million to enlarge Islamic studies on leading American campuses, donating $20 million to Harvard to create a university-wide Islamic studies program, which also boosted Islamic law (sharia) studies on campus, and $20 million to Georgetown to set up the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding under Islamic apologist John Esposito.

The News Corp. investment began paying off right away. Also in 2005, with Muslims rioting in Paris in the worst street violence since 1968, Alwaleed telephoned Rupert Murdoch, as Alwaleed himself told an audience in Dubai, and said “these are not Muslim riots, they are riots.” Presto, the Fox News crawl about “Muslim riots in Paris” across the bottom of the screen changed to “civil riots.”

Ryan Mauro:  Is there any evidence of Alwaleed’s influence in the media since 2005? And if his influence is so strong, why does Fox News continue to have people on that are tough on Saudi Arabia, Al-Jazeera and the Muslim Brotherhood, including top foes of CAIR like Zuhdi Jasser?

Diana West: Fox News covers security threats, terrorism, and war. Zuhdi Jasser and others oppose the “extremism” that fuels them all without identifying such “extremism” as the mainstream Islamic doctrine set by Mohammed and the Koran. Meanwhile, the appearance of one or more such guests is no way compensates for the seemingly strategic and certainly gaping holes in Fox’s coverage, also noted below. 

While Alwaleed has not made news for bragging publicly about his influence over Fox News since that incident in 2005, there is no concrete “evidence” of his influence. But that’s not how influence usually works. It is intangible, something no more concrete than a rejected story, something no less natural than the body of stories that develops from such editorial discretion, which, of course, can also includes positive reinforcement.


Such stimuli may reflect active owner-influence. They may also reflect a more passive owner-influence as when an employee — producer, editor, writer, anchor, pundit — anticipates the boss’s desires and writes or reports a certain way. This phenomenon, of course, is by no means unique to Fox, just as it is by no means unique to journalism.

If we examine Fox’s body of work I believe the unspoken guidelines for coverage and discussion become quite clear. As noted above, Fox News covers terrorism, war, national security. It does not cover, let alone chronicle, the introduction of sharia — Islamic law — into the West. It does not cover the massive ongoing Islamic movement by which the Western world is being rapidly Islamized. It does not cover what the Muslim Brotherhood calls “civilization jihad.” It does not cover the disappearance of Western culture in Europe. I think the news vacuum we can see on Fox is at least partly a result of News Corp.’s Saudi influence. Such influence does not serve the American public interest.

Last month Al Gore’ sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera was big news, particularly on Fox.  As Fox personalities repeatedly  revelled in Gore’s obvious hypocrisies for selling out to an Islamic oil-and-greenhouse-gas dictatorship, I was struck by something important that was being left out: The fact that a key Fox stakeholder — the second largest stakeholder outside the Murdoch family — was himself a leading member of an Islamic oil-and-greehouse-gas dictatorship. 

The Fox focus was on Gore himself — much less so on the security-related side of the story, which includes how Al Jazeera is a foreign policy instrument of the Qatari dictatorship, which, in turn, is basically a foreign policy instrument of the Muslim Brotherhood. (Indeed, Al Jazeera’s nickname is Muslim Brotherhood TV.) Similarly, with rare exceptions, News Corp. journalists didn’t enlighten viewers and readers about the noxious Yusef al Qaradawi, a Muslim Brotherhood cleric, and his central role at Al Jazeera and, indeed, in the wider “Arab Spring.”

As I reconsidered the Murdoch-Alwaleed relationship, I was struck anew not only by the 7 percent of News Corp. that Alwaleed owns, but also by the 18.97 percent of Rotana, Alawaleed’s Arabic media group, that Murdoch owns. I discovered that just as Murdoch-Alwaleed holdings include Fox, Alwaleed-Murdoch holdings include Al Risala, a 24/7 religious station run by a Kuwaiti Muslim Brother named Tareq al-Suwaidon. Al-Suwaidan, who doubles as a popular on-air host at Al Risala, is not just any Muslim Brother, either. He is an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in US history, the Holy Land Foundation trial. That means the US government believes Al-Suwaidon, too, was involved in fund-raising for Hamas. That means that Murdoch and Alwaleed’s cable stable includes O’Reilly, Doocey and Al-Suwaidon, aka, Mr. Hamas.   

That’s not the only appalling connection the Saudi association brings to News Corp. On the advisory board of Al Risala is Abdullah Omar Naseef, whose Rabita Trust has been designated by the US Treasury as an Al Qaeda financier. The structural parallels may be somewhat imperfect but they are still illustrative: Just as Alwaleed has a business connection to News Corp. board member Roger Ailes, Murdoch has a business connection to Al Risala board member and al Qaeda financier Naseef.

But the same silence goes for last week’s broad-daylight assassination attempt in Copenhagen on Lars Hedegaard, a Danish newspaper editor and opponent of European Islamization by an Arab or Pakistani gunman. Not newsworthy for a mention on O’Reilly or Greta or The Five. Why not?

In 2010, another Musim man tried to kill a  Danish cartoonist named Kurt Westergaard over a cartoon of Mohammed that Musims worldwide had reacted to with violence (over 100 people were killed on rioting), mayhem and boycotts.  Fox viewers have never even gotten a look at Westergaard’ss cartoon, either — except for maybe long ago when Michelle Malkin appeared on the air holding it.

Similarly, Fox viewers didn’t get to follow the Kafka-esque hate speech trial endured by Geert Wilders, democratically elected leader of a significant political party in Dutch parliament, even though Wilders is someone who has made many appearances in the USA. (Wilders did get on with Sean Hannity last year to promote his Regnery book, Marked for Death.) 

Could the blackout of such news have anything at all to do with the aims of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation — the Islamic bloc of 56 Islamic nations (plus the PA) whose headquarters, by the way, is in Saudi Arabia — and its efforts (lately in conjunction with Hillary Clinton, which is also uncovered on Fox) to introduce international mechanisms to criminalize criticism of Islam everywhere? After all, the OIC has specifically singled out both Geert Wilders and the Danish cartoons for censure, and they are basically non-persons, non-events in the US media, including on Fox News. Is this entirely a coincidence?

If I am correct and Alwaleed bought into News Corp to neutralize the jihad opposition, it’s one of the most brilliant influence operations ever. The Saudis would have managed to silence the one organization whose coverage of the news could have rallied opposition to Islamization.



28 comments on “SAUDI influence peddling and why FOX News has gone all soft on Islam

  1. I am not going to retain the Saudi Arabia flag in my flag collection, that’s for sure. I will just mail it off to that slimeball Alwaleed telling him what to do with it…

  2. I will fight to my last breath to keep America free, I will win, or I will die as a Christian martyr. With all my faith I owe my life to Jesus Christ, my life belongs to my lord, and he may spend it as he wishes.

    • Founding fathers came here to get away from YOU Justin. lol Make up your own history and push your own religious fundamentalism elsewhere please this is America.

  3. Isn’t this the same guy who allegedly paid tuition for a certain well-known and despised politician? Percy Sutton and Khalid al-Mansour would be names to look up also here.


    “What about holocaust deniers? The Nazi holocaust was the worst crime in human history, for two reasons: the enormous number of murdered people and the automation of the murder process. Those who deny the holocaust certainly belong behind bars. The death penalty would be too much for them, because holocaust deniers are not directly causing the deaths of other people. The holocaust is in the past, not the future. Those who died in the holocaust cannot be brought back to life.”

    Yet Global Warming deniers should get the death penalty according to this man. Very interesting position. Oil sheiks keep humanity dependent on oi

  5. It’s interesting that the old movie Network even mentioned islamic petrodollar influence over US media outlets.

  6. This isn’t news about FOX. They’ve really never been anything but a bunch of dhimmi entertainers for retards. Get this … they are entertainers, nothing more.

  7. what’s worse is that without Americans and Brits drilling for oil they would have nothing but the desert. the sneer on that man’s face makes me want to puke

    • If he doesn’t give the Americans and Brits drilling for oil their due he will burn in hell. If Allah gave him the oil, then the drillers would be angels. The Saudis stole the area with the oil from the Shi’ites.

  8. Evil Rupert Murdoch and other selfish, greedy, super wealthy elites are willing to sell their souls. Willing to sell out their own country and their own people to enslavement by Muslims.

    Abu Baseer in London: “One of the goals of immigration is the revival of the duty of jihad and enforcement of power over the infidels. Immigration and jihad go together.

    Islam could have NEVER achieved the astonishing success in Western nations if it were not for despicable TRAITORS. Traitors in the media. Traitors in universities. Traitors in Western governments. Traitor ruling elites who have colonized Britain, Europe and other Western nations with many millions of Muslims whose Koran and mosques command Muslims to wage jihad against us and conquer our nations.

    Koran 9:5 “Kill Jews and Christians wherever you find them”.

    Betrayal is one of the most EVIL things on this earth. God will judge them for their great evil.

    Founder of Islam, Mohammed: “I have been made victorious with terror”, “Wage war on the infidel and kill them until Islam is dominant” (Koran 8:39)

    • My understanding of Fox News Channel and Business Channel is that Rupert Murdoch, a Democrat, gave Roger Ailes complete and total control to run a Conservative Network as an option to what the mainstream media puts out. Rupert did this for greed, but wanting a better life and more money is part of free markets and capitalism, which is something I do believe in. It’s okay if you don’t believe this, but don’t blame Murdoch for things Ailes does.

  9. Classic revolutionary tactics highlighted by Lenin as the brilliant stratagem of bolsheviks’ takeover: “The tactical success of the revolution depends on the swift takeover of communications: railroad stations, post and telegraph offices”.
    Still works like a clock and highly efficient.

  10. This reminds me of my neighbor in the 2012 election. She’s a Ron Pauler, who despite knowing more about O than most people, she elected to put him back in the office by voting for Ron Paul over Romney.

    She called me crying a few weeks ago, and wanted to “unite the GOP” with activism, because she couldn’t believe the things O was doing. I find that hard to believe. The time to unite the party was on November 6, 2012 to get this Hitleresque tyrant out of the office and put someone in there who could save the country. Now is the time to survive the next four years of leadership more interested in raiding the sinking Titanic, keeping the deck clear of peasants because their Marxist design didn’t include enough boats to save them all.

    Someone told me my crusade against Islam would fail a year ago. If Fox has fallen to this evil, Islamization has truly won. I’m not giving up yet, because I know and fear God. I believe in the bible, but I also believe that the one true prophet is God that Revelation can be avoided. Prophecies can be self fulfilled especially by an oligarchy skilled at using religion and population control to fulfill their dreams of Marxist & Fascist “utopias”.

    Earth is not our final destination, but we all don’t get to go to the same place. I’m not God, but I would tend to judge those who knowingly deceived a people lulling them into believing you can live peacefully among moslems based on their history and belief system.

    There’s another side to this which might be giving Fox the benefit of the doubt, maybe they too are just trying to survive O’s tyranny.

  11. Well another media outlet to add to my growing list of those not to bother with.
    Smart move on their part, if you can’t defeat them herad-on sneak in the back door.
    Fortunately this move will only fool the multiculturists, appeasers, etc.
    The real patriots won’t budge an inch, as they know who the enemy is & what desk he sits behind including the Resolute Desk.

  12. As long as Islamic money is allowed to have ANY influence in the West, that’s what happens and will happen – and we’ll be seeing a WHOLE LOT MORE OF IT!!!!

    Once ALL Moslem immigration is cut off, ALL Moslems expelled, ALL links between the Islamic world and the West severed and a sanitary cordon put into place to ensure that Moslems can’t get into the West – THEN, and NOT before then, can we hope (barring Christ’s Return) to see things be better…

    It’s also ours to SHUN ALL INVESTMENTS in any Moslem companies, or any “dhimmi” companies like Fox (let alone the traditional 4 “news” organizations of the USA, the 3 equivalents of Canada, and their counterparts elsewhere in the West) – for once we take action, we can expect Moslem economies to tank and any investments therein to lose their value immediately. Also, it will be ours to nationalise any Moslem investments and ownership of properties in the West!!!

  13. I still remember the day that the Saudi Prince bought a sizeable chunk of Fox News. I knew then that the propaganda war had started. Conservatives will sell themselves into slavery or death. Nikita Khrushchev was right. That is why I haven’t watched Fox News in years. I go to independent sites on the web for the unvarnished truth. Never trust a Muslim. They lie even when telling the truth.

  14. ‘We are above the law of the land’

    Muslim’s stunning claim at Texas rally for Islam

    A leader for the Texas branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations has told a crowd at a rally for Islam that members of the faith really shouldn’t be bound by American law.

    “If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land,” said Mustafa Carroll, the executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch, a keynote speaker as the recent rally.

    The event was a rally in Austin, a part of the nationwide effort to hold “Muslim Capitol Day” events.

    CAIR itself has been under investigation for its documented ties to terrorist organizations in the past. Some details revealed by Daniel Pipes are that:

    •CAIR funded the Holy Land Foundation, which was used to funnel money to Hamas. President Bush shut down Holy Land Foundation, which CAIR called “unjust” and “disturbing.”
    •CAIR denied Osama Bin Laden was behind 9/11, even though Bin Laden said so on camera.
    •CAIR demanded removal of a billboard in Los Angeles in 1998 that described Osama bin Laden as “the sworn enemy,” saying that this description was “offensive to Muslims.” [Osama had by this point released his Declaration of War on the United States.]
    •CAIR called the conviction of the 1993 WTC bombers “a travesty of justice.”
    •CAIR called the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh who planned to blow up New York City landmarks, a “hate crime.”
    •CAIR labeled the extradition order for suspected Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marook “anti-Islamic” and “anti-American.”


    When are we in the West going to rise up in unison and put a stop to this BS ! ! !

    I personaly believe a backlash is coming and it will be Israel that shows us the way.

  15. TV is an image which speaks. All mainstream news channels now serve the beast. Mainstream media is the image of the beast from Revelation 13. If you don’t believe it, wait a few years and see what it is promoting.

  16. The object of influence peddling is to BUY the objectivity of the media and turn the networks into the whores of the Saudis. It’s little known that most of the media are owned by PROTESTANT CHRISTIANS while Arabs believe they’re owned by the evil (non-existant) Jewish conspiracy.

    Arabs do EXACTLY what they accuse others of doing…CONTROLLING INFORMATION. That’s called ‘projection’ of the shadow.

    • It’s also ‘projection’ of The Protocols, a fabricated story about a Zionist cabal, called mistakenly (I think) a forgery, since it is an original fiction based on the plagiarization of another fiction, not a forgery of something real.

      The Protocols might just have well been fashioned from the ignoble koran, which divides the world into Dar al-Islam — the zone of submission, the 56 islamist states — , and Dar al-Harb — the zone of war, that’s the rest of us. There are about 152 states not yet islamized, but some are fighting a losing battle against THEIR OWN GOVERNMENTS, backed by islamophile leftard civil servants, academics, teachers and the MSM (the Mohammedan Socialist Media).

      It’s a race to the bottom between obuMBoy’s U.S., U.K., France, Sweden…

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