I heard some strange things on Fox News this week. I heard Glenn Beck call Geert Wilders a Fascist. (see photo in prior post to clear THAT up.) Geert is the former Dutch Parliamentarian on trial for speaking out about Islam. (See prior posts) I heard Charles Krauthammer make disaparaging comments about him and Bill Kristol called him a demagogue on Brett Baier’s program. What is going on here?
Well here’s one explanation from the Winds of Jihad site and I quote:
“On Fox News last night Glenn Beck, Charles Krauthammer, A.B. Stoddard, and Bill Kristol condemned Dutch activist Geert Wilders as a “demagogue” and a “fascist.”
Mr. Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom in The Netherlands, produced a controversial documentary on Islam in Holland called “Fitna.” In the short film, Mr. Wilders argued that “there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam’” and that the Prophet Muhammad would “. . .in these days be hunted down as a terrorist.”
In the past, the former member of the Dutch National Parliament was a frequent guest on Fox News. Last February, Bill O’Reilly welcomed Mr. Wilders to America, while condemning a scared Britain for banning him entrance to the country.
While Mr. Beck labeled Mr. Wilders as a “fascist,” Mr. Krauthammer said that the popular Dutch politician, who is a leading candidate for Prime Minister, doesn’t know the difference between Islam and Islamism.
Ms. Stoddard expressed her agreement with Krauthammer and added that “if people like this (Mr. Wilders)) are elected to lead Holland it will suffer the consequences.
The well-orchestrated attacks on Mr. Wilders came in the wake of news that Rupert Murdoch, the CEO and principal stockholder of News Corps, the parent company of Fox News, will make Abu Dhabi, the headquarters of his global media operations in the Middle East.
Mr. Murdock has established strong links with the Arab Muslims, last month agreeing to invest 70 million dollars in the Rotana Group, an enterprise is controlled by Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
Prince Talal, in turn, now owns 7% of News Corps. He is #22 on the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people.
The change in Fox News and its stance on Islam has been noted by Walid Shoebat, a former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, who converted to Christianity.
Mr. Shoebat says that Fox New now prohibits critics of Islam and Islamic terror from appearing on its broadcasts.
He contends that the prohibition stems from the fact that Prince Talal is now the second-largest shareholder in News Corporation, the parent company of the Fox News Channel.
“He himself (Prince bin Talal) said, ‘I just had to make a phone call to [tell them to] stop using the word Muslim’ regarding the rioting in France,” Mr. Shoebad notes. “Bill O’Reilly says to Ibrahim Hooper, the head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), that he is an upstanding citizen. Since when was the head of CAIR an upstanding citizen?”
Mr. Shoebat adds that viewers will no longer be seeing any so-called “Islamophobes” on Fox.
“Today, I’m not invited at Fox News. Neither is Robert Spencer or Brigitte Gabriel,” he laments. “But Ibrahim Hooper is invited to speak at Fox News. It used to be that experts on terrorism who are critical of the Islamic views [were] able to get a voice on Fox News. Those days are gone.”
Paul L. Williams, Ph.D., author of such best-selling works as Osama’s Revenge: The Next 9/11 and The Day of Islam, has also been missing from Fox News in recent years, after making scores of appearances on top-rated Fox broadcasts over the past five years.
Mr. Shoebat says that instead of airing those critical views of Islam, Fox News now legitimizes Hooper, the spokesman for CAIR, a group which he maintains is a front for the terrorist group Hamas.”
Note: These events all happened on Monday evening, March 8, 2010. This is propaganda speech and there has been much buzz on the internet about it. I am extremely disappointed and shocked that the one news station that most conservatives have come to rely on has sold out on this issue. It is incredible to me that each of these commentators on Fox were able to find agreement and toe the politically correct line, even though this has not been the case in the past. It was a smart move by the Saudis, but a dangerous one for freedom and free speech in America. Fox News, we are watching and listening…you will lose your lead in the eyes of the viewing public if this deception is allowed to continue. Watch ratings drop. I don’t believe conservative viewers will put up with this…we don’t care who your boss is. If you are now owned by Islam, you don’t have our sympathies.
Note: thelastcrusade.org is the originator of the above post from Winds of Jihad.
Note #2: It seems Fox News has pulled the video of Beck calling Wilders a fascist due to copyright claims. Hmmm…that’s interesting.
“This is the latest evidence that makes Prince Alaweed bin Talal, the 22nd richest person in this world with wealth valued at over $16 billion in 2009 according to Forbes , one savvy investor when it comes to influencing America’s opinion-makers and ultimately the American public about his version of Islam: Wahhabism. Bin Talal is the second largest stockholder of NewsCorp, Inc. that owns FoxNewsChannel. When he purchased 5.5 % of NewsCorp back in 2005, he immediately called his newfound friend, Rupert Murdoch and asked him to pull those lurid filmed segments on French Muslims youths torching cars in Paris, and other major cities in France and instead talk about poverty and unemployment as the cause of these Jihadi-like outbursts. (I remember this.-author) When that occurred, a lot us knew then that FoxNewsChannel was lost. So, when this Special Report segment aired last night, as night follows day, the pundits became an amen corner, to quote Pat Buchanan, not for Israeli, but rather for Saudi Arabian interests.”
Want to read more? Here’s Walid Shoebat’s response to Charles Krauthammer at TundraTabloids.
Another Note: Alweed bin Talal is the same Saudi Prince who wanted to donate $10 million to disaster relief after the 9/11 attacks on the world trade center in 2001. Then mayor Rudy Giuliani refused the offer after the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.