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Prince Alwaleed and Fox News

Com­ment: Sem­i­nal, hero­ic researcher Joe Tren­to [1] — author of “Pre­lude to Ter­ror” — weighs in on Sau­di Prince Alwaleed’s sway over Grup­pen­fuhrer Mur­doch’s jour­nal­is­tic empire.

“Tren­to’s Take: Fox News Can’t Upset Mur­doch’s Sau­di Prince”; DC Bureau; 2/3/2010. [2]

Last month I appeared on Fox News Network’s morn­ing show, Fox and Friends, to talk about air­line secu­ri­ty. Nor­mal­ly such appear­ances end up as clips on the Fox News Web site. Grant­ed, the Steve Doocy inter­view was hard­ly ground­break­ing, but that is sel­dom a cri­te­ri­on for feed­ing the beast that is a major cable net­work news Web site. Curi­ous­ly, I was quot­ed in a writ­ten piece on the site that got a fair amount of pick-up, but no video.

It was not until a few days lat­er that I learned what may have been behind the absence of a video clip on the Web site. I had said to Doocy that Sau­di Ara­bi­an mon­ey was still financ­ing Al Qae­da. Doocy did not react to my com­ment. But ten days lat­er I learned that Fox’s par­ent com­pa­ny, News Cor­po­ra­tion, was, at the time of my inter­view, nego­ti­at­ing with a Sau­di prince to vast­ly increase his stake in the com­pa­ny. Read entire arti­cle » [2]