ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MARCH 9: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is greeted by Saudi billionaire Prince Al Waleed bin Talal at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Media Summit, on March 09, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Featuring a unique combination of high profile public sessions, the summit brings together top-tier global media players and their counterparts from fast growing markets, (Photo by Karl Jeffs/Getty Images)
By far the most hilarious thing I’ve heard in a while is that the second largest shareholder outside of the Murdoch family in Rupert’s News Corp, parent company to Fox “News”, donated $305,000 to Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow, the Muslim charity who wants to build a community centre two blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Centre in New York.
Saudi Prince Al-Waleed owns a $2.3 billion stake in News Corporation and, in turn, Murdoch’s News Corp. owns a $70 million stake in Rotana, Al-Waleed’s Saudi media conglomerate.
Murdoch’s Fox “News” has been ratcheting up the rhetoric against the proposed centre’s Imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, in recent weeks, claiming he is the head of a sleeper terrorist cell, who wants to build a Mosque on the “hallowed ground” dubbed ground zero, following the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
As Glenn Beck would say, “follow the money”.