February 24, 2010, - 1:16 pm

About the FOX News/Rotana Deal: You Read It Here First (in September)

By Debbie Schlussel

A few people sent me a Financial Times headline they read, today, on the Drudge Report, regarding Rupert Murdoch’s and FOX News Channel owner News Corp’s purchase of a large stake in Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal’s Rotana Media.  But to readers who’ve been here since, at least, September, it is old news.  I covered it here before FT and Drudge, back in the beginning of September.  Read the details. And as I reminded you then, there’s a reason I call FOX News Channel, “PAWNN,” the Prince AlWaleed News Network.

FLASHBACK – DebbieSchlussel.com, September 3, 2009: Rupert Murdoch, FOX News Parent Co Increase Ties w/ Extremist Saudi Prince, Seeking Arab Street Viewers

Remember:  read it here first, or get it from Drudge and FT (without my in-depth info and analysis), half a year later.



Rupert Murdoch + Prince AlWaleed = PAWNN

The only new and interesting–well not interesting, but stupid–thing I read in the FT article is the extremist prince (who was a proud donor to Palestinian homicide bomber telethons) claims he will now be able to learn about MySpace from Murdoch.  Um, didn’t anyone tell him:  no-one uses MySpace anymore and he might wanna learn about Facebook and Twitter?

Actually, that’s baloney.  The terrorist-financing prince is no dummy, and he knows better.  He couldn’t care less about MySpace.  As I noted back in September, this deal is about FOX News, News Corp and Murdoch, getting their claws deeper–and their pandering turned up several notches–in the Islamic world and on the Arab Street;  and about the prince getting his Islamo-propaganda more heavily promoted in News Corp properties.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with MySpace.

Next, the prince will be telling us he wants to learn about 8-track tapes, as he purchases a major movie studio to spread more propaganda.

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11 Responses

So, no doubt he is behind the anti-american propaganda film “Avatar”.

When I heard what the story was, I decided it was anti-American and stayed away. I wont pay for that obscenity.

Interesting tho, that it lost out when it came to oscars, to pro-US film.

juniper on February 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm

BTW, wasnt Rotana the name of the hotel where old Mabhouh was staying?

juniper on February 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Now that Beck has beaten Vannity in the cable news rating, how long do you think it will take for Greta to beat Vannity for ratings? She isn’t very far behind him in the ratings. I’d love to be there when the Fox bigwigs tell Vannity that his show will be moved to another time slot.

Jarhead on February 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Drudge Report is remarkably SLOW at breaking news.

What characterize Drudge Report isn’t the speed at which it breaks news, but the sensationalist headlines given to the stories. Often times, these headlines are just plain WRONG wrt describing the news story.

10 years ago, Drudge was a lot quicker to break news and there weren’t a lot of bloggers and other competition around. Today, it’s just another news porthole with few fast-breaking stories.

There is NO Santa Claus on February 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm

This will trouble some of you here…

“Son of Hamas founder spied for Israel for more than a decade”


Bob Porrazzo on February 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Be careful – you don’t want to give Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal any ideas! If he was to take an interest in Facebook, he’d find plenty of Islamic jihadist terrorist buddies to befriend there!

David on February 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm

DS IS THE BEST!! you guys ever wonder why she see the right stuff to cover and when?? DS rocks!!

lind jp on February 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Most people seeing this for the first time, (not me) will wonder why you included a picture of this guy giving a check to Rudy. We know that Rudy refused it, but in the picture it looks like he took it and you didn’t say anything about it here when you brought it back.

sam on February 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Rudy didn’t take the check but Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are on the payroll.

ender on February 24, 2010 at 9:35 pm

it already was like this. all along the so called http://xrl.us/FOXNEWS was controlled by the Saudis.

Don’t buy the Conservative and Liberal line in politics.

It’s like this:

“They drink your Milshake” as the movie based on Upton Sinclair’s novel ….yes Upton Sinclair wrote.

The Conservatives might say take tiny sips and Conserve and the Liberals might want to gulp that milkshake down, but in the end…. honey they “DRANK YOUR MILKSHAKE”.

We need to stop it with the Left and Right. We need to close those trade borders down.

Stop saying Ron Paul is an isolationist. He isn’t. If he was then I would like him. He wants free trade with Iran as well. you can’t have internationalist free trade without backing that up with a military. Paul knows this. That is how you know he is a hypocrate. let those Persians eat their own Pistachio nuts and let the Saudis use their own oil.

Internationalist Corporate Anarchy is not the answer. We need to protect the sovereignty of the Republic. That is what real Republicans would do. Not these idiots that live on economic Capitalistic theory.

WAKE UP AMERICA. it is pointless to be all about free trade if your workers are going to be undercut by Chinese labor. If the so called Conservatives really were Conserving then they would be protecting more then just a fiction of Capitalism. Without checks and balances there is no American Republic.

Both political parties are in bed outside of our country. not just the Democrats that ran our tax dollars outside of our fiscal ecosystem through federal buyouts.

FOX NEWS is just the tip of the ice berg.

Noah David Simon on February 25, 2010 at 3:44 am

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