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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Game, set and match

Who says money doesn't buy you influence with the Murdoch press? FrontPageMagazine reports:

"Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal boasted in Dubai earlier this week about his ability to change the news content that viewers around the world see on television.

"In early September 2005, Bin Talal bought 5.46% of voting shares in News Corp. This made the Fifth richest man on the Forbes World's Richest People, the fourth largest voting shareholder in News Corp., the parent of Fox News. News Corp. is the world's leading newspaper publisher in English. It operates more than 175 newspapers, in the UK, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the US, and distributes more than 40 million papers per week. In addition, News Corp. owns and operates an international collection of TV outlets, radio stations, magazines, book publishers and film studios.

"After bin Talal purchased his voting shares in News Corp., on September 23, 2005, he stated in an advertising supplement to the New York Times, 'When I invest in a group like CITICROUP, the Four Seasons, the News Corp. or Time Warner, my objective is not to manage those companies.' But this is not quite accurate, considering the Prince’s December 5, 2005 statement given to Middle East Online regarding his ability to change what viewers see on Fox News. Covering the riots in Paris last November, Fox ran a banner saying: 'Muslim riots.' Bin Talal was not happy. 'I picked up the phone and called Murdoch...(and told him) these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty,' he said. 'Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots.'"

Fox News - unfair, unbalanced and bought.


Blogger orang said...

Well this is what we need - more muslims joining the mainstream

Saturday, December 17, 2005 3:54:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Well, yes, but buying 'appropriate' coverage?

Saturday, December 17, 2005 4:01:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

How do we morally evaluate the corruption OF corruption?

The conficting accounts of events one gets from any mainstream news source - whether true or false, bias or not - merely reflects conflicts of opinion between elites.

Bin Talal is buying the "appropriate coverage" - and that's contemptible to me. It is also contemptable to the elites who he is out-bidding in the "appropriate coverage" stakes.

This is not a dichotomy between a member of the ruling class buying the news vs reporting the truth; it is a dichotomy between THIS member of the ruling class buying the news vs THAT member of the ruling class buying the news.

The whole system is sickeningly corrupt, and this is just the latest manifestation of it: the corruption of existing corruption.

What's insideous is that's report of the bin Talal case does not present this as "business as usual" (that is, the truth of the matter). At best, it reads like a mere aberration in the free market of generally honest news. At worst, it presents it as a systematic distortion of generally honest news by The Radical Islamic Arabs in their slow-but-sure quest for world domination. (When you cross out the 'Arabic' and 'Islamic' references and replace them with Jewish and Zionist ones, as happened half a century ago, and still sometimes happens today, the article looks damn spooky.)

Saturday, December 17, 2005 9:23:00 pm  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Well its gonna be bought by someone anyway. Better a Muslim than someone in the Zionist-Christian Right mainstream - who largely run the international media agenda.

Rattling Murdoch and Co's pro Bush (anti Muslim) line is not necessarily bad.

Saturday, December 17, 2005 9:26:00 pm  
Blogger Clumsy Birds said...

I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and I never dreamed you would quote Frontpagemag- should we take this as an endorsement as well, or is the article an exception to the rule (that frontpage is scary, right-wing, and to be avoided)?

Saturday, December 17, 2005 11:15:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

"And still sometimes happens today" Who said eddie couldn't tell a joke?

Sunday, December 18, 2005 2:08:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Frontpagemag is an exception, not the rule here. Interesting story, and I've read the same story elsewhere, too.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 10:22:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Ibrahamav said...
"And still sometimes happens today" Who said eddie couldn't tell a joke?

You moron. No wonder you failed 5th class English. I was referring to the crazy neo-Nazi websites that constantly go on about the evil Zionists controlling all the media everywhere in order to maintain their world domination.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 1:09:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

I said eddie couldn't tell a joke?

Sunday, December 18, 2005 1:41:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

edward mariyani

Those websites are published by Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, and the governments of Egypt, Iran, Jordan, and Syria, and all Muslim media.

I hope this helps.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 4:35:00 pm  
Blogger uphillsprinter said...


you are a raving lunatic....

after your disgraceful posts, no one is ever going to take you seriously.

"I hope this helps."

Sunday, December 18, 2005 5:55:00 pm  
Blogger David Heidelberg said...


Actually the largest anti-Semitic website on earth is the stormfront white nationalist community.

I hope this helps.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 8:07:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

You've been asked once. You won't be asked again. You are not welcome here. Leave. Permanently.
Take your bigotry and ignorance elsewhere.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 9:12:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

The one good thing to come out of the cancer of these backward lebanese muslims and the venal Labor Party that foist them upon us is that a new Pauline Hanson figure will emerge. Let us hope this time it is somebody suave and educated like Pim Fortuyn.

But given how violent, cold, ruthless these people are who would risk being assassinated?

Sunday, December 18, 2005 10:28:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...


If you're listening, you are really worryng us darl. You sound like you've gone catatonic on us and are just mindlessly parroting the same shit.

Really, you are not reaching anyone, other than to convince us that you are is come downward spiral.

Monday, December 19, 2005 3:06:00 am  

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