Saudis try to influence American media
It is widely assumed Murdoch himself is a conservative because of the editorial policies at his newspapers and the fact that Fox's "Fair and Balanced" format accords the conservative side a respectable hearing. But the media tycoon has given gobs of money to Democrats (including Al Gore in 2000). The belief among those who watch the media closely is that Murdoch is simply a smart CEO who has figured out something that other media legends have missed—conservatism sells. It's as simple as that. Conservatives, while thankful for one TV network that gives them a break, should not assume Murdoch is one of them.See also this entry from History News Network on how Waleed's been making efforts to edit FOX reports to his favor. As they say here:
What are the odds that Islamofascist propaganda (not to be confused with peaceful Muslims) will seep into the American mainstream as a result of this?
FOX news must be carefully watched not for conservative bias but for Bin Talal kind of bias. The Accuracy in the Media Report entitled "Radical Arabs Seek Influence Over U.S. Media - December A" should be taken seriously indeed.Yep.
See also commentary from The News Dissector Blog and Little Green Footballs.
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